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Award for doctor
: Dr N. S. Neki, Professor of Medicine, Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, who belongs to Amritsar, has been conferred with the Rashtriya Rattan Award. Dr Neki, a recipient of 25 national and international fellowships, said here on Saturday that the award would be conferred on him on May 6 by the International Study Circle (ISC), New Delhi for his contribution in the field of medicine as well as services rendered by him towards the society.

Bus driver found dead
: A mini bus driver, Harjit Singh, died under suspicious circumstances at the house of Ms Jasbir Kaur of Ghuman. Ms Mandeep Kaur, wife of Harjit Singh, reported to the police at Ghuman that her husband had visited Ms Jasbir Kaur on Friday and slept there, but in the morning he was found dead.

Drug traffickers nabbed
: In a drive against anti-social elements, the district police has arrested four drug traffickers under the NDPS Act and seized smack and poppy husk from them. According to police sources, the Bulhowal and Mahilpur police arrested Manjit Singh of Bulhowal and Amrik Singh of Mahilpur, respectively, and seized 5 grams of smack each other them. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of NDPS Act has been registered. The Hariana and Sadar police has also arrested Gurmeet of Chotala and Balwinder Singh of Patti under the NDPS Act.

Conference concludes
: Scholars from various fields including business, economy, research and development, telecom, banking, education and environment, presented 40 papers on the second day of a conference on management that concluded at Lovely Institutes here on Sunday. Dr Prem Kumar, Principal, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, was the chairperson. Dr Bikram Singh Virk from PG department of commerce and Nawab Jassa Singh Ahluwalia Government College, Kapurthala, among others dwelt on various topics related to their fields.

Training to paramedics: Nearly 500 delegates attended a special conference for paramedical staff organised by the Punjab Hearth Foundation at the local Oxford Hospital here on Sunday. While Dr Naggi, Assistant Civil Surgeon, was the chief guest, a number of specialists, including, Dr S. P. S. Grover, Dr Raman Chawla, Dr Rakesh Sudan, Dr Meenakshi Anand, Dr Naveen Chitkara, Dr J. S. Saini, Dr Navjot, and Dr Nitin Kaushik delivered lectures on varied subjects relating to emergency medical care and the handling of patients.

Goa Commissioner visits hospital:
Mr Eduado Faliro, Commissioner (NRI), Goa, accompanied by Mr Parkash Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Cooperation and NRI Affairs, Mr Krishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner, and Mr Narinder Singh, DIG, Goa, visited Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, on Friday. He visited the multi-specialty hospital, nursing college, de-addiction centre, senior secondary school being run by the trust. Mr Faliro lauded the services of Dr Budh Singh Dhahan and his fellow trustees in mobilising donations from NRIs for providing education and healthcare facilities to the rural people.

Association plea to CM: Dr R. P. Bhardwaj and Dr Jaspal Singh Randhawa, president and general secretary, respectively, Principals Association (Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar area), have urged the Chief Minister to fulfil the promise of merging the 50 per cent of DA with the basic pay of the teaching and non-teaching staff serving in the privately managed government-aided colleges and to lift the ban on the recruitment in these colleges.

House gutted
: A house in nearby Chachoki locality was gutted in a devastating fire late on Saturday night. According to sources, neighbours of the house owner Rajinder Singh, noticed the smoke emanating from the house, while he was not at home. They informed the owner and the fire brigade. The fire engines fought the flames for about an hour to bring the blaze under control.

Library inaugurated
: Mr Justice M. M. Aggarwal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court inaugurated Babu Ram Ji Dass Memorial Bar Library in the District Judicial Complex here on Friday. Mr K.K. Garg, District and Sessions Judge, Sangrur; Mr S.R. Ladhar, Deputy Commissioner; Mr Harinder Singh Chahal, SSP; Mr Ashok Singla, secretary, Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana; and Mr Gurtej Singh Grewal, president, District Bar Association, were present. An amount of Rs 2 lakh was spent by the family of Ashok Singla to provide books, journals, CDs, computer, furniture, etc, for the library.



Driver arrested
: Police Inspector Shamsher Singh, in charge of the Barmana police station near here, arrested a tempo driver, Vijay Kumar, and recovered Rs 1,51,800 in cash hidden below a mango tree at his instance. Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Patial said here on Saturday that the owner of the tempo, Mr Rakesh Kumar Mehra, a resident of Nangal road, Una, had expressed doubts over the driver’s version that some persons had snatched Rs 1,53,200 from him at gunpoint.

Freedom fighter dead
: Goverdhan Singh (88), a former sepoy of the Indian National Army and veteran freedom fighter, expired on Sunday after a brief illness. He is survived by a wife, three sons and three daughters.
Goverdhan Singh joined the army prior to Independence and later joined the Indian National Army under Subhas Chander Bose and visited Japan, Sighapur and Thailand along with contingents of I.N.A. He was a close associate of the late Subhas Chander Bose. He remained underground for about five years and came back only after India became independent. He later joined the Himachal police and retired as a Constable.


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Beer guzzling up colas’ fizz

Illustration by Sandeep JoshiYeh dil maange more’ is a slogan that no longer reminds people of a popular soft drink in Haryana. It applies more to the thirst for the numerous brands of beer, whisky and vodka that are now readily available at liquor shops across the state at half the prices that prevailed till last month. But that’s not the end of the tale.

With the cartel that controlled the trade having been decimated, the rough-and-tough musclemen manning the counters earlier have yielded place to fresh, young faces eager to put their best foot forward in the changed scenario. “Namaskar, janab kya shauk farmayenge?” is how Bacchus lovers are welcomed to these shops these days, instead of the stern-sounding “Ke diyun” (what do you want) greeting of earlier days.

The number of liquor shops too has doubled, leading to stiff competition. So, do not be surprised if you are offered a soda or a small packet of namkeen free with a bottle of premium whisky.

The Haryanvis have also suddenly turned beer aficionados. With the average price down to Rs 30 a bottle from Rs 70-90 last month, motorists now break their journey to guzzle a beer or two on the way. The lower beer prices are eating into the sales of popular soft drinks. After all, how many guys would want half a litre of cola for Rs 20 when a bottle of beer can be had for Rs 30 and the empty bottle can be sold back to the vendor for Rs 3?

The defence CSD liquor has virtually vanished from the streets, now that the prices in the civilian areas are almost the same. There is a wide choice of brands available too. Most roadside liquor shops, even in the villages, stock every conceivable brand on their shelves. Till recently, Haryanvis had to buy good liquor brands from Delhi or Chandigarh. The competition has also pushed bootleggers out of business. Adulterated liquor in Haryana is now history. As far as liquor is concerned, Haryana has indeed come a long way from the prohibition days of 1996, when Bacchus lovers had to drive down to the bordering Rajasthan and Punjab villages for satiating their thirst.

Healthy approach

A mobile dispensary has been pressed into service to take medicare to the doorstep of the poor in 25 villages of Majri block in Ropar
A mobile dispensary has been pressed into service to take medicare to the doorstep of the poor in 25 villages of Majri block in Ropar.
— Photo by Parvesh Chauhan

The condition of women will only improve through empowerment. They must get equal opportunity to participate in every activity and be on the forefront of the fight against hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. These are the views of Nandita Bakshi, a former IRS officer and the Secretary of the Delhi-based NGO, Bisnouli Sarvodaya Gramodyog Sewa Sanstha (BSGSS). This month, the NGO started a ‘health service van’ (mobile dispensary) for 25 villages of the Majri block in Ropar district.

“The NGO is already running vocational courses and has started self-help groups in 75 villages of Sangrur district. A mobile dispensary will provide health services to poor villagers at their doorstep,” she says.

There are also plans to provide training to women in tailoring, stitching and other such courses in Majri block. It will enable them to become self-reliant.

“The NGO was started 10 years ago. For the first eight years, we did not get any aid from the government and generated our own resources for progammes for slum dwellers and women’s uplift. Now, we have involved 450 like-minded professionals, for whom social service is more important than materialistic gain. Besides, a large number of voluntary agencies also assist the NGO in various domains,” says she.

The NGO is running programmes at various places like Delhi, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Punjab, Chandigarh and Kalimpong (West Bengal) to improve the condition of the poor and to make women self-reliant” Bakshi adds.

No heartache for him

Beating heart surgery on a fully conscious, middle-aged patient without administering anaesthesia? Sounds difficult, but this was made possible by heart surgeons at a Jalandhar-based heart centre recently.

Instead of anaesthetic drugs, the thoracic epidural block technique was used by the surgeons, led by Dr Sushant Srivastava, to save the life of Sudesh Kumar, a 43-year-old junk dealer and resident of Jandiala village. Sudesh Kumar was suffering from coronary heart disease and had already undergone angiography a few months ago.

According to Dr Charanjit Singh Pruthi and Dr Srivastava, anaesthetic drugs could not be administered to the patient as he was suffering from severe coughing and had an unstable heartbeat.

“The epidural block technique nullified sensation in the thoracic area and the patient remained fully conscious throughout the 75- minute-long surgery. He was able to walk within three days of his operation,” the doctors claim.

Contributed by Raman Mohan, Kiran Deep and Varinder Singh

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