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Seminar on computer applications
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
A seminar on “The new environment of computer applications’ was organised at Khalsa Institute of Management and Technology (KIMT), Civil Lines, here yesterday. The resource person was Dr S P Singh, former Chairman and Dean, Faculty of Business Management and Commerce, Panjab University, Chandigarh. Dr Gupta, Director KIMT, introduced the learned speaker.

Sharing his experiences of success, Dr S P Singh said all were living in a world of competition the WTO, liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation of reforms, mergers and acquisitions, splits and consolidation, advanced technology and change and uncertainty of information and communication technology and revolution.

Elaborating the efficiency of computers, he said planning, decision-making and budgeting had become accurate and the workload had decreased. He said because of such technology, Finance Ministers were able to present three Budgets in a year.

He said improved information system enabled more efficient control and, thereby, quality improved further. He said it was a matter of pride for countrymen that Indians were in the vanguard of computer-savvy world. They were responsible in a significant way in improving the performance of computers.

Dr Singh emphasised the impact of the Internet and said the world was shrinking into a single global village, a single global market, a space ship and perhaps into a single family as envisioned by Indian seers of yore: “Udorcharitanam tu vasudhaiva Kutum-bakam.”

Dr Surinderbir Singh, principal, GNDE College, and Prof V P Gaur, former principal, Govt College, also participated and interacted with students.

Dr S S Grewal, vice-president, managing committee KIMT, Ludhiana, presided and proposed a vote of thanks. 



School kids detained, released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Even schoolchildren in the city have resorted to muscle power to settle minor disputes as evident by two groups of convent school students which almost came to blows.

Seventeen student of different school, mainly of a convent school, were rounded up by the Sarabha Nagar police from South City, where they had gathered and challenged another group of students, including the son of a DSP, for a duel.

The Sarabha Nagar police reached there in the nick of time and rounded up the students. Though the police denied use of force against the students, a number of them, on condition of anonymity, said police personnel beat them up selectively.

The DSP Sarabha Nagar, Mr R.K. Bakshi, said the students were released at the behest of their parents who came to the Sarabha Nagar police station after the incident. He said the detained group of students were intimidating other students and had to be detained.



Centre clears grant for PAU
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
The Union Government has cleared research and development projects of Punjab Agricultural University worth Rs 100 crore.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had announced a special grant of Rs 100 crore for Punjab Agricultural University in the Budget for the year 2006-2007 on the recommendations of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

A meeting was held in Delhi on August 24 with Dr Mangla Rai, Director- General, ICAR, in the chair to discuss the projects submitted by Punjab Agricultural University. Officials of the Union Ministry of Finance and Agriculture and Planning Commission also participated. Dr K S Aulakh, Vice- Chancellor assisted by Dr B S Dhillon, Director, Research, PAU, made a presentation at the meeting.

Dr Aulakh said here today that the university would undertake research projects worth Rs 35.74 crore with major emphasis on crop biotechnology and improvement. Under this programme, state of-art laboratories would be set up, for food processing and natural resource management. The university would also have linkages with industry in food processing and value addition. Market intelligence cells would be set up, besides laboratories to develop farm equipment.



Cultural fest at PAU Kisan Mela
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The annual Kisan Mela this year at Punjab Agricultural University will be different. This time, the North Zone Cultural Centre, Cultural Affairs Department and Tourism Department of the Punjab Government will participate in the mela, scheduled for September 21 and 22.

This was disclosed here yesterday by the PAU Director of Extension Education, Dr S S Gill, who is the chief organiser of the mela. Progressive farmers of the Punjab will be honoured at the mela.

Dr Gill said the mela would be inaugurated on September 21, in the main pandal, followed by a technical-question answer session. University scientists will interact with the farmers to answer their farm queries.

In addition, their will be five different platforms where artistes will perform the folk songs and dances and folklore of Punjabi culture. Besides, artistes from Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan will present cultural programmes.

A food festival and a handicraft fair will be also be held at the mela.

The technical session of the mela on the first day will be on until 6 pm. The cultural programme will begin at 6 pm.

A meeting of the University Kisan Mela Cultural Committee, representatives of North Zone Cultural Centre, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Departments was held in the University last evening under the leadership of Dr S S Gill, in which these decisions were taken.



From Schools 
KVM to organise alumni meet
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM), Civil Lines, Ludhiana, will organise an “old students meet” on October 16 on the school premises. The chief coordinator of the meet will be Dr Vikas Jindal, who himself is an ex-Kundanite and famous dental surgeon. He is also the secretary of the Indian Dental Association and a professor at the CMC, Ludhiana. The coordinators of the meet will be Mr Naval Kaura and Ms Pankaj Arora.

KVM is the oldest educational institution in the city and the first to be affiliated to the CBSE.

The meet will provide a chance to its old students to come together, meet each other again and share their experiences. The old students will honour their retired teachers.

The participation form can be downloaded from the school’s website (www.kvm60.com) and can be obtained from the school reception during school hours.

The forms can be submitted only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm at the school reception latest by September 30.

Those who remained part of the school till 1995 could attend the meet.

An inter-house general knowledge quiz was organised by the Junior Humanity Forum here on Friday at Kundan Vidya Mandir KVM. The quiz comprised 12 rounds on various topics, including Indian History, geography, sports, mental mathematics, audio and visual rounds.

The contest among the six houses was won by Gandhi House. Its participants were Yogesh Jain, Gazal Jain and Dilpreet Singh. The runner-up team was that of Raman House. The prizes were sponsored by Scholastic India Private Limited.

Exhibition: A two-day exhibition was inaugurated at Guru Nanak International Public School, Model Town, Ludhiana, here on Friday as part of school silver jubilee celebrations. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Unison’.

Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, inaugurated the exhibition. Students from classes III to XII have prepared models for the exhibition. Mr Gurbir Singh Sarna, general secretary and Mr Harbhajan Singh, manager of the school, appreciated the creative efforts of the students. The Principal, Ms B. Gulati, prized students for their innovative skills.

Fancy dress contest: BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School organised an-inter school fancy dress competition here on Friday. The students were divided into three categories. Nearly 110 KG students from 18 city schools participated in it. Ms Balwinder Kler, Principal of Pumpkins Kindergarten, and Ms Charul Chaudhry of Cherry Lane Kindergarten were the judges. The results:

Category A: Suryansh Pratap Singh (Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School) 1; Tara (BCM Arya Model School) 2; Nidhi Ahuja (BCM Senior Secondary School) 3.

Category B:

Prachi Arora (Ryan International Public School) 1; Lakshmi Batra (Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School) 2; Rushaal Marwah (Guru Nanak Public School)3.

Category C: Pranav (BCM Senior Secondary School) 1; Harshpreet Singh (Guru Nanak Public School) 2; Gurjonjot (Guru Nanak Public School) 3;

NCC meet: The first NCC annual meet was conducted by 19 Punjab Bn NCC, Ludhiana. Four hundred cadets and NCC officers of 11 schools participated in it. The meeting was held at BCM Arya Model School. The school Principal, Ms Paramjeet Kaur and Third Officer, NCC, Vijay Kumar received Col S.K. Varni, Group Commander, NCC Group HQ, and Col S. Saini Commanding Officer, 19 Punjab Battalion NCC. They were the chief guest and the guest of honour, respectively. A ceremonial gaurd was presented besides an inspirational play on status of girl child. Cadets of BCM Senior Secondary School presented a play on drug abuse and its effects.

Under Officer Vibhuti Jain was honoured by Col S. Saini, Commanding Officer. She shared her experiences of the Singapore youth exchange programme with other cadets. She had returned from Singapore on August 18 after attending the camp sponsored by the NCC wherein cadets of 10 countries participated. 



Vanmahotsav at GCW
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
The science society and the NCC wing of the GCW organised Vanmahotsav on the college campus here today.
Mr Vikas Pratap Singh, MC Commissioner, was the chief guest. He was accorded a warm welcome by the Principal, Ms Prabhjot Kaur. Sapling plantation was undertaken by the chief guest, the Principal and Vice-Principal of the college to mark the event.

The chief guest expressed concern over the decline in number of trees in the city and on receding ground water level. He said the MC should distribute free saplings to public in September in order to inculcate awareness about the importance of trees in the environment.

The Principal also spoke on the importance of trees and exhorted students to plant more and more saplings. The Vice-Principal extended a vote of thanks.



PAU essay competition
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The Dean, Postgraduate Studies at PAU, Dr S.S. Chahal, has invited entries of essays for the award of Dr M.S. Randhawa Medal-2006.
The topics are “Role of molecular biology in understanding evolution” and “Molecular basis of evolution.”

Only bona fide Ph.D students of the PAU are eligible. The essay should not exceed 3,000 words. The last date for the receipt of entries for the award is December 31.

Each entry must have five copies of the chosen essay.

A student can submit essay on only one of the two topics. Essay exceeding 3,000 words will not be entertained. The essay must be typewritten in double space and appropriate references cited in support of the facts and figures.



PAU files patent for natural dyes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The PAU has filed its first patent application. This patent is on the use of two plant sources as natural dyes for dyeing of cotton, wool and silk.
The Director of Research, Dr B.S. Dhillon, said the patent had been provisionally filed based on the research by Dr Sumeet Kang Grewal, research fellow, and Dr Neelam Grewal, Head, of the Department of Clothing and Textiles, College of Home Science.

The researchers have observed that certain traditional natural dyes like “maddar” and “arjun” are expensive. These add to the cost of production and reduce profit margin. 



Telecom firm penalised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
Reliance Infocom, a leading telecom company, has been found to be deficient in providing service and told to pay Rs 5,0000 to an aggrieved consumer. The company had barred the outgoing call facility to one of its customers even after the deposit of monthly charges.

The orders were pronounced by Mr A.S. Narula, president of the consumer forum, and its members, Mr Daljit Singh Bakshi and Ms Pooja Dewan, while deciding on a complaint filed by cloth merchant Om Parkash Dua of Karimpura Bazar.

It was submitted by the consumer that he was having a fixed telephone connection of the company. He received a bill dated August 16, 2004, for Rs 694. The due date for the payment was September 13, 2004.

He deposited a cheque of the due amount with the local office of the company on September 6, 2004. He was also issued a receipt. However, on September 24, 2004, his outgoing call facility was withdrawn by the company. He complained against the act, but in vain.

On September 30, 2004, he received bill for the following period, in which previous payment made by him of Rs 694 was also shown as outstanding. He wrote a letter to the company giving all details. His outgoing call facility was restored on October 1, 2004. Due to all this, he suffered a lot of harassment and tension, said the consumer.

On the other hand, the telecom company refuted the allegations. It claimed that the amount of cheque was realised on September 29, 2004.

So, the outgoing services were restored thereafter.

However, after appreciating the evidence on record, the forum observed that the cheque was deposited with the office of company and it was a local one. There was no explanation why it was not realised for 23 days.

No evidence was produced to prove as to when the cheque was presented to the bank for realisation and when the amount was credited in the account. The company was thus, proved to be negligent in barring the outgoing telephone services to the consumer, observed the consumer forum.


37-year-old woman gets new lease of life
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
Ms Kulwinder Kaur, a 32- year-old resident of Samrala and mother of two, first noticed discoloration of lips, nails and toes nearly seven years ago. Around this time, she started having difficulty in breathing.

She sought consultation at the PGI, Chandigarh, where she was investigated and diagnosed with a very complex congenital heart disease. The patient was advised a very high risk surgical correction.

Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Dr K.C. Mukherjee, Head, Department of Cardiology, SPS Apollo Hospitals, said known as CCTGA in medical terminology, in simple terms what the woman was suffering from was a condition in which connection of all four chambers of heart was abnormal since birth.

In this particular case, the right-side chamber which drains impure blood was connected wrongly to the main pumping chamber of the heart (left ventricle). Similarly, the left-side chamber which drains pure blood from the lungs was abnormally connected to the right-side pumping chamber (right ventricle).

In addition, the main arteries had anatomical defect as a result of which pure blood was going to the whole body and impure blood was going to the lungs. The patient had holes between two pumping as well as non-pumping chambers of the heart and had significant narrowing of pulmonary artery, which led to mixing of pure and impure blood within the heart and, hence, turning the patient blue.

According to Dr Mukherjee, surgical correction was the only treatment to keep this patient alive. He said the condition being a disease (1 in 17, 000 live births), the conduction system of the diseased heart was not very well- defined. This made surgical procedures difficult and complicated.

He said the woman was thoroughly investigated, using highly sophisticated techniques and after extensive discussion among cardiology and cardiac surgery team members, multiple surgical procedures were performed in one stage to achieve complete surgical correction.

The marathon surgery which lasted over six hours involved closure of VSD (hole between two main pumping chambers of heart), closure of ASD (hole between two non pumping chambers of heart), pulmonary valve repair, augmentation of pulmonary artery and excision of sub-valvular membrane.

A permanent pacemaker was implanted after a week. The surgery, said Dr Mukherjee, required four units of whole blood, plasma, and other blood, components and post-surgery. The recovery was excellent.

Other members of the surgical team were Dr Anupam Srivastava, Dr Paresh Shah, Dr G. Majumdar, Dr Arun Gupta, along with cardiologists Dr G.S Grewal, Dr Anwar Khan, Dr Chetan Sharma and Dr R.P. Singh.



Doctors irked over stagnation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has expressed resentment over lack of promotion avenues and consequent stagnation among PCMS doctors as compared to their counterparts in other civil services.

It has called for creation of a specialist cadre in order to provide chances of promotions to the PCMS cadre doctors.

In a statement here today, Dr Hardeep Singh, state president, and Dr Balwinder Kumar, general secretary, of the association urged the state government to conduct a thorough review of the PCMS cadre and carve out a specialist cadre for granting promotions.

At present there were only 43 promotional posts for the PCMS doctors and most of the doctors working in government institutions had to retire on the same entry post of medical officer.

The PCMSA has further asked the government to redesignate the existing senior medical officers (SMOs) as deputy civil surgeons with higher administrative grade, which had already been recommended by the Fourth Pay Commission and accepted by the government in principle.

“This post be deemed for SMOs as first promotional rank of deputy director. Besides, more medical officers be redesignated as SMOs at civil hospitals, rural hospitals, community health centres and mini primary health centres,” it demanded.

Sore over the lack of infrastructure and other facilities in rural health institutions, the association wanted upgradation of indoor and emergency services at mini PHCs with more posts of regular PCMS doctors and new posts of SMO.

The PCMSA functionaries wanted that the senior-most PCMS officer should be granted the designation of Director-General of Health Services, while the separate specialist cadre PCMS doctors be given entry scale of Rs 10,400 along with time-bound promotion scale of two and six years at par with central services specialist doctors.

They highlighted the financial victimisation of doctors selected by the PPSC during the tenure of the then Chairman Ravi Sidhu.



City doctor attends world meet
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 25
Dr K.C. Mukherjee, Head, department of Cardiac Surgery, SPS Apollo Hospitals, here presented a paper on “Management of high risk bypass surgery” at the World Congress of Society of Cardio-thoracic Surgeons held at Ottawa, Canada, from August 17 to 20.

The conference was attended by more than 900 delegates from 65 countries across the globe. The paper presented by Dr Mukherjee was well-received by renowned faculties in the field of cardiac and cardio-thoracic surgery.

In his paper Dr Mukherjee, along with his colleagues, Dr A. Srivastava, Dr P. Shah and Dr A Gupta, presented their experiences on high-risk bypass surgery during the past one year at Apollo.

Later, Dr Mukherjee was felicitated by the Indian Society of Cardiology at Montreal. 



Cardiac check-up camp tomorrow

Ludhiana, August 25
A free cardiac checkup camp will be organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) under the aegis of ‘Om Namah Shivay Sewa Samiti’ at Parbhat Rani Charitabale Hospital in Mandi Gobindgarh on August 27.
A team of doctors from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will examine the patients. OC



PAU emerge inter-zonal champions
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 25
Accurate bowling by Avtar ( 4 for 9), Lalit Malhotra (3 for 12) and useful batting performance by Bharat Malhotra (23) steered the PAU Zone to a comfortable seven-wicket win over the Raikot Zone in the final of the Inter-Zonal Schools Cricket Tournament (u-19) played at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here today.

The Raikot Zone won the toss and elected to bat first. However, their decision appeared to be a miscalculated one since their innings folded at 61 runs after 21.2 overs. Only Nikhil Verma and Shubham Verma could reach the double figure, contributing 10 runs each.

For the PAU Zone, Avtar of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, was the pick of bowlers. He grabbed four wickets conceding just nine runs. Lalit Malhotra of Kundan Vidya Mandir School scalped three victims for 12 runs while Amarjit of PAU School and Amandeep, student of Government Senior Secondary School, Balloke, captured one wicket each for 14 and 12 runs, respectively.

The target set by the Raikot Zone boys was too meagre as the PAU Zone surpassed the total in 14.4 overs scoring 62 runs after losing three wickets. Bharat Malhotra, a student of Kundan Vidya Mandir School top scored with 23 runs, followed by Lok Raj of Government School, Balloke, who remained unconquered at 20 while Atul Kohli made 8 runs.

For the Raikot Zone, Jeewan, Laddi and Nikhil Verma shared one wicket each, conceding 19, 20 and 12 runs, respectively.

Earlier, Mr Chaman Lal Malhotra, co-chairman, Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA), and the chairman, selection committee, Punjab (seniors), inaugurated the match. Mr Rupinder Singh, Assistant Education Officer, Ludhiana, Mr Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA, Ms Sonia Dhillon, senior vice-president, Deaf and Dumb Cricket Association, Ludhiana, Rev Father Davis, Director, Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar Mr Newton, in charge sports of the host school, and Mr Manmohan Bedi, senior cricket coach, were among others present at the ceremony.



Basketball teams for national meet
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 25
The following boys and girls have been selected to represent Punjab in the National Sub-Junior Basketball Championship to be held from August 28 to September 3 at Kolkata, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary secretary, Punjab Basketball Association.

The teams are (boys)- Arzoo Kumar, Prabhjot Singh, Gurvinder Singh, Kamalpreet Singh, Amarpal Singh, Baljeeet Singh, Rohit, Ram Kumar, Randeep, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Singh and Gauravdeep Singh.

Girls- Kamalpreet, Kajal Rani, Aruna, Sonam, Amanpreet Kaur, Sandeep Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur, Harmandeep Kaur, Amanpreet Kaur, Gauri, Nagma, and Sandhiya. Neelam Singla and Gurmail Kaur will accompany the squad as manager and coach, respectively.



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