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Teachers’ bodies plan protest on July 6
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
The Anti-Privatisation Adhayapak Sangarsh Committee, Sanjha Adhaypak Front comprising of Democratic Teachers’ Front ,Govt Teachers’ Union, SCBC Adhaypak Union, Adhyapak Dal, Punjab, Elementary Teachers’ Union, and many other unions held a meeting here today.

A press note issued by Mr Surinder Singh Grewal stated that the union representatives had formulated the plans to be held on July 6. Teachers will take out a rally in front of Mini Secretariat from 4 pm.

In a joint meeting of Doraha block in which Saudagar Singh Begowal, Kuldip Singh Mangewal, Surinder Singh Grewal, Jagpal Singh Batana, and many others participated, it was decided to divide the block into five zones.

As many as five teams from different blocks would go to different schools to apprise the teachers of privatisation move of the government. Mr Grewal said a large number of teachers would join the rally on July 6. The teachers are protesting against the non-filling of 30,000 vacancies. They are also agitating as the ETT teachers and Computer teachers on contract have not been made permanent and their salaries have not been raised. The teachers demand that contract system of recruitment of teachers should be done away with. There should be provision for hiring four teachers from PTA fund. The teachers also do not want political interference and their image to be tarnished on TV.



Colleges abuzz with activity as admissions begin
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
With the commencement of admission to various classes, the colleges in the city are seeing activity on the campuses again after a break of almost two months. The admissions to all undergraduate courses, including BA, BSc, BBA, BCom, have begun in the colleges and the new entrants seem to be enthusiastic and excited as ever.

Ms Manju Chawla, Principal, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women said that admissions to BA I, BCA I, BCom I and PGDCA were on in the college. She said the college management was trying to make sure that students faced no problem anywhere. Teachers were told to answer students’ queries in a sympathetic manner. “The admissions are on till July 11. It is too early to say anything about the students’ choice. Once admissions are over, we will be able to make out which stream remains a favourite with them”, she said.

Similarly the admission process was on at colleges including Khalsa College for Women, SCD Government College, GGN Khalsa College, Kamla Lohtia College, DD Jain College, Ramgarhia College, SDP College, etc.

To conduct the admissions in a smooth manner, Ms Harmit Kaur, Principal, Ramgarhia Girls College, said the management had made separate admission committees for different classes. “If a student from a particular class has some problem, she is directed to see the person concerned so that there is no confusion. Regular classes will start from July 12. Students paying late fee will get admission from July 12 to July 25”, said Ms Harmit Kaur.

Mr Deepak Kaushal, Principal, Kamla Lohtia College, said that admission to all the classes had started in the college from today. “Students are being admitted to all classes like BCom I, II, III, MCom I, BBA, BCA I, II, III, etc. The classes will be on from the second week of July”, he added.

Ms Ridhi Taneja, fresher in the college said she was very excited. “It is great fun to be in the college. You are not under the direct observation of teachers all the time. I have made some new friends here and am looking forward to attend regular classes. But I am scared of the ragging part. Though it is banned, still seniors grill their juniors,” she said.

Another newcomer Nidhi Goyal, said that she found the college to be very different from the school. “In school, everything is streamlined, but here we have to run here and there. Nobody is bothered. I am sure we will get used to this new atmosphere”, said Ms Goyal.



Child dancers put up impressive performance
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
At a dance competition organised by SIPS Dance Academy at Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan here yesterday, the kinectic energy, produced by the contestants, made the laser lights go wild. The 60 participants were divided into four groups according the age groups.

From the first age group comprising of three to six years, the winners were Jasmine and Raghav. In the second age group of children six to eight years, Sanyam was placed first and Garima was a close second.

In the age group of nine years to 15 years, maximum number of children participated . Rohini won the first prize and her dance movements were simply exquisite. Mr Ravi Behl , the chief guest , was also bowled over by her performance. The second position was shared by Megha and Rohini. In the senior group of 16 years and above Saloni and Davinder were placed at first and second position.

Ravi Behl of Boogie Woogie fame was the judge. The function began with a lamp lighting ceremony which was followed by Gayatri Mantra. Mr Kuldeep Singh DTO, and Manjeet Singh, MD, Bonn Nutrients were the guest of honour.

The event comprised of 190 candidates who had earlier enrolled for a summer camp organised by STPS for 40 days. The competition had about 60 entries.

The competition had two prizes declared for each group sponsored by Nike. The event was sponsored by Airtel, Bonn Bread and Dr Kleen.

Ravi Behl a Sony Television, said: Its heartening to see Ludhianavies tap their foot to the beat so well. I thank SIPS for inviting me and look forward to more frequent trips to the city. The public has behaved well and shown keen interest in dances. The children have shown electrifying energy and I have really liked the naturalness of young contestants.

Ms Daisy Pruthi, principal of SOIPS Dance Academy, talking to Ludhiana Tribune said Ravi Behl has called seven contestants for audition to be held in Delhi tomorrow Ravi Behl is starting Boogie Woogie at international level.



GGN College M.A. Eng students excel
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
The students of the Postgraduate Department of English of GGN Khalsa College here have done exceedingly well in the result of MA English Part II declared yesterday. Pass per centage is the 100 per cent.

Students of the department have secured three first divisions with Sumedha Bhandari getting 3rd place in M.A. English Part II. Satvir Singh and Harsimrat Kaur also figure in the top 10 students of Punjab University. Dr. T.S. Anand, Head of the Department, congratulated the students on their success.



Infertility problems discussed at CME
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 4
“Correct diagnosis and timely treatment at the hands of competent medical professionals is vital to tackle the problems of infertile couples.” These remarks were made by Dr Arvind Goyal, consultant urologist and andrologist while speaking at a continuing medical education (CME) on infertility and kidney diseases, organised by Bombay Fertility Centre and Dr Goyal’s Kidney and Stone Centre here on Sunday. More than 100 medical professionals from the city and surrounding areas attended the programme.

Dr Goyal, elaborated the problem of male infertility and discussed various causes and treatment modalities. He stressed on the proper diagnosis and necessity of treatment while giving a word of advice to the men not to delay treatment due to ego problems or fear of social stigma. He maintained that the treatment of infertility was simpler and cost effective for the men. Dr Goyal asked the childless couples to come forward with their problems to avoid stress of being infertile.

In addition, he also discussed the various treatment modalities available for kidney and prostate diseases and their treatment, using modern endoscopic techniques. “These techniques are not only less invasive, hence better tolerated by the patient, but also have better results.”

Dr Seema Goyal, consultant gynaecologist and infertility specialist, discussed the various causes of female infertility and means to overcome the problem. She said with modern techniques available, the results of the treatment of infertility had improved drastically. Various endoscopic techniques had helped to overcome the causes of infertility like blocked tubes. She claimed that the technique of ‘test tube baby’, an expensive way for conception, was required only in 20 per cent of patients while a majority could be treated by simpler and relatively economical methods. 



Monsoon blues: take these tips
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 4
The onset of monsoon in the region could give rise to several diseases or complicate health problems, particularly among those suffering from joint pains, surgery blues pregnant women and children. With the increased risk of contamination of water during rains, outbreak of gastroenteritis, jaundice and other water-borne diseases could also happen.

As a part of its social commitment, Fortis Heart and Multi-Speciality Hospital today issued comprehensive tips for the public during this particular season.

According to Dr T.S. Mahant, Executive Director, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery at Fortis, persons suffering from joint pains and those having been surgically operated upon, needed to take special care during this season. It is generally believed that joints and fibrous tissue injuries and related diseases get aggravated during the rainy season. Patients with old scars of surgery feel uncomfortable at the scar site and sometimes fresh wounds took longer to heal.

“The longer healing period is attributed to increase in humidity which prevents wounds from drying up early. The post-operative painful wounds during monsoon generally respond to simple painkillers like paracetamol. Fresh wounds, which are over a week old, should be kept under minimum cover to prevent sweat accumulation and breathing cotton should be the choice. The food stuff which aggravates the pain should be avoided. The affected area should be kept clean and dry and coconut oil can be locally applied to itchy and tender scars.“

The pregnant women ought to be even more careful during monsoons, cautioned Dr Rashmi Garg, a gynaecologist at Fortis. She said taking extra care of personal hygiene was critical as hot and humid weather resulted in more chances of fungal infection. Pregnant women should wear soft, loose, pure cotton clothing and skid-proof shoes. Clean under garments should be worn to prevent skin problems. These problems require medication which could prove unsafe for the foetus.

Dr Garg further observed that pregnant women should also pay special attention to their diet and home-cooked fresh food should be the rule. “Raw food like salads and dressings should be avoided. They should drink plenty of safe, pure water as excessive perspiration dehydrates the body more in this season. They should avoid crowded and humid places which can lead to several diseases and guard against mosquito and insect bites.”

Monsoons might be a time for the children to get drenched or have fun in splashes and puddles, but this is also the time when extra attention had to be paid to their health. Dr Gaurav Gupta, consultant paediatrician at Fortis observed that dirty water could turn out to be a big risk for children. It could give rise to diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration. It could also cause other water-borne ailments like typhoid and hepatitis-A.

While use of filtered or boiled water could go a long way in prevention of these diseases, children afflicted with diarrhoea should be given adequate fluids like ORS, lime water, salted buttermilk. light juices, curd and bananas. Parents should also ensure that their children were vaccinated against both typhoid and hepatitis-A which are preventable diseases. Children should be advised to avoid cut fruits, “chaat”, ice candy or fruit juice sold by roadside vendors. Stagnant water, which could become breeding ground for mosquitoes and cause malaria during monsoons, should be avoided.

According to Fortis specialists, stringent observation of basic personal hygiene and safeguards against contamination of water and food was the key to avoid other seasonal diseases like acute conjunctivitis (eye flu) and jaundice. However, expert medical assistance should be immediately sought if the symptoms of these diseases were witnessed because delay or self-medication could cause more harm and complicate the problems.


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