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PAU seeks toll-free kisan helpline
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The toll free number 1551 at PAU-based Kisan Club Centre never stops ringing. A large number of farmers across the state call up this number everyday to discuss the problems that beset farming operations.

However, there is a snag. The only access to this number is via landline. With farmers now carrying mobile phones are unable to connect to 1551.

Following a number of requests from farmers, PAU’s Director of Extension Education S.S.Gill has written to Director Extension U.K.S Chohan (Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi).

He has suggested that necessary measures be taken for connecting toll free number from mobile phones, of all companies, to enable farmers make use of this facility.

Adjacent to the Kisan Call Centre is the University’s Plant Clinic, where problems related to agriculture and allied activities are diagnosed and solutions provided to the farmers.

Together, the Kisan Call Centre and the Plant Clinic help in the dissemination of information and knowledge and also in allaying the apprehensions the farmers may have.



Workshop on operations management techniques
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 14
The main reason for higher apparitional and maintenance cost of the small scale-industry in Ludhiana is the mismanagement of operational activities of these organisations both from the human and machinery angle.

This was stated by Prof Ashwani Bhalla, a senior faculty member of the Postgraduate Department of Commerce, SCD Government College, Ludhiana, while speaking in a workshop on operations management techniques for students of Doraha Institute of Management and Technology today.

He said management institutes must encourage its students to undertake projects of the small-scale industry to improve their efficiency.

Prof Ashwani Bhalla introduced the operations research as multi-disciplinary subject. He said organisations were becoming more complex. A number of choices and relentless time pressures and margin pressures make the decisions more difficult.

He said it had become unaffordable now to take wrong decisions. He explained in details the various replacement models applicable in various failure mechanism like gradual and sudden situations.

He also corelated the individual replacement decisions with group replacement decisions in case of sudden failure of small items which were used in large number in various organisations.

Earlier, while introducing Prof. Bhalla, the Director of the college, Dr R.K. Lekhi, said Prof Bhalla had contributed a lot for the commerce and management education in the region as a general secretary of the Punjab Commerce and Management Association by his active involvement in the various activities like seminars, conferences and faculty development programmes.



Seminar stresses on innovative learning
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
A seminar of Mangat -3 block that started 10 days back concluded at the Government Senior Secondary School, Salem Tabri.
The seminar was organised by Ms Gurdip Kaur, Principal, Inservice Centre. The seminar was conducted by group leader and Principal Ranjit Singh of the school.

Mr Ranjit Singh has the honour of receiving both state and national Awards. He spoke on moral values and moral education. The chief guest, Mr Tarsem Lal Banga, Principal, DIET, Jagraon stressed on the importance of using new aids to make the lessons more interesting.

Mr Pardeep Kapoor, co-ordinator, laid stress on implementing new ideas. Prof Sanmeet talked on time management and how to cope with stress.

Conference on disaster management: To mark the UN International Day for National Disaster Reduction here yesterday, Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School organised a conference in a bid to train its teachers and students to raise awareness about various types of disasters and disaster management strategy.

It focussed the training on search and rescue , first aid, fire safety and management planning.

Speaking on the occasion, Director of the School, Ms Avinash Kaur Walia, said we could not stop natural disasters but loss caused by them could be minimised with proper training . Educational activities and public awareness could help societies to be less vulnerable to such natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes etc.

To empower the younger generation with skills to meet the crisis arising out of natural and manmade disasters, students were taught how to use ropes and fire-fighting equipment.



Nehru House wins declamation
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
An inter-house Hindi declamation contest was held at Green Grove Public School, Mohanpur, Khanna. All participants were divided into two categories — juniors and seniors. In the Junior category, there were 24 participants, consisting six participants from each of the four houses (Tilak, Gandhi, Nehru and Tagore House), whereas in the seniors group there were 16 participants.

All speakers presented their views on famous topics like politics, corruption, pollution, unemployment, value of time, uses of library, etc. Their forceful views left the audience spellbound. It was a tough competition but Nehru House won the competition. The Principal of the school, Miss George, congratulated the winners.

A small function was also organised to pay respects to the President of India, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and to celebrate his birthday.

Rajni of Class VIII highlighted his life history in her speech. Greetings were extended to the “Missile-man of India” by Miss Galaxy Sofat through her speech. The function was nicely compered by Sandeep and Rajinder of Class 9th and it was organised by Mrs Ruchi Sablok. 



Hansraj Arya youth festival held
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
Under the aegis of the Arya Vidya Sabha, New Delhi, DAV Public School, Ludhiana, organised the All-India Sub-Zonal Mahatma Hans Raj Arya Youth Festival 2006-07 here today. Various events were organised during the festival. Under the music and dance events Ved Mantra recitation, light vocal (solo), light vocal (group) and classical vocal competitions were held.

Students also participated in the classical dance and folk dance competitions.

Under the literary competitions, Hindi debate and declamation and English debate and declamation competitions were held. A quiz competition was also organised in which students participated with enthusiasm.

A competition was also held in English, Hindi and Punjabi skit.

There was a fine arts competition also under which students showcased their talent in on-the-spot painting, greeting card making and rangoli competition.

The schools which participated in the various competitions were DAV schools of Jagraon, Khanna, Kapurthala and Ludhiana.



NCC cadets honoured
Our Correspondent

Samrala, October 14
As per the directions issued by the Commanding Officer, Col S.S. Saini, of the 19 Pb Bn NCC, Ludhiana, 21 NCC cadets of Senior Division from Government Senior Secondary School, Ghungrali Sikhan Ludhiana attended the “Army attachment camp” for 15 days at Ferozepur Cantt recently under the leadership of Lt Jatinder Kumar Lt Narinder Pal and school Principal Gurmeet Kaur Dhaliwal.

Cadets of Ludhiana, Moga, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Muktsar had attended the camp. The cadets of Ludhiana won the first prize for cultural programme. The cadets of Govt Sen Sec School Ghungrali Sikhan, Harpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh and Harpreet Singh, were placed second in the firing competition at the camp.

In the morning, a function was organised for honouring the NCC cadets. All 21 cadets of senior division were honoured.



Youth fest starts at GNN College
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 14
The Ludhiana Zone-A Youth Festival commenced today at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha.
The chief guest of the inaugural ceremony, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha, lighted the lamp at Dr Ishwar Singh Memorial Hall. A formal welcome was accorded to the chief guest and the other dignitaries by the Principal of the college, Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu. A total of 14 colleges were participating.

Mr Atwal in his address to the students stressed on the all-round personality development.

The chief guest, was honoured on the occasion.

Among those who were present on the occasion were Bibi Bhagwant Kaur, chief patron, college management committee, Mrs Roop Brar, president, Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, director of the college, Mr Sukhpal Singh, chairman, Doraha Institute of the Management and Technology, and Mr Suresh Tandon, Fellow, Panjab University and Principal, Gobindgarh Public College.



Tanveer tops M. Ed exam

Ludhiana, October 14
Tanveer Kaur Nanda of the Malwa Central College of Education has topped the M.Ed examination conducted by Panjab University in June this year. She scored 558 marks out of 700. Dr Ravinder Kaur, Principal of the college, has congratulated her on the success. A number of students have been placed on the merit list. — TNS



Fancy dress competition 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
To mark the beginning of festival season a fancy dress competition on the theme, “Love, Unity and Peace” was held at Darshan Academy, Bahmian Kalan, here today. nursery class students from nearby playschools participated in the contest .
Principal Tarun Vir Saini apprised the parents of the activity-based curriculum of the 
Students from several nursery schools at the fancy dress competition held at Darshan Academy on Saturday Students from several nursery schools at the fancy dress competition held at Darshan Academy on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


Advances in pathology discussed at CME
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
The 4th CME in pathology organised by the North West Chapter of Indian Association of Pathologists and Microbiologists, commenced at Dumra Auditorium in Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today.

The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Mr Prem Gupta, secretary of the DMCH Managing Society, while Dr Jagdeep Whig, Vice-Principal, extended welcome to the delegates. Prominent among other distinguished faculty at the 2-day CME were Dr Harsh Mohan, Professor and Head, Department of Pathology at Government Medical College, Chandigarh.

Various topics, primarily concerned with pathology and laboratory medicine, were discussed during the technical session. Luminaries in the field of pathology, including Dr B.D. Radotra, Dr R. Vashishta and Dr Harsh Mohan, shared their experiences. The interactive session turned out to be an academic feast, especially for the young and budding pathologists.

Initiating the discussion, Dr Vanita Malhotra, chairperson of the event, remarked that such CMEs helped to upgrade the knowledge of medical professionals and kept them abreast with the latest developments and advances in the fast changing field of medicine. The CMEs also provided an interactive platform to the faculty and junior doctors, who could gain from the experience of the senior pathologists of the region.

Dr Monica Saluja, organising secretary, informed that about 200 delegates from the region participated in the CME.

In the concluding session of the day few interesting case histories were discussed among the delegates and a post-graduate quiz was also held.



World Anaesthesia Day on Oct 16

World Anaesthesia Day falls on October 16. It was on this auspicious day in 1846 that first successful anaesthesia and pain relief during a surgical procedure was achieved. The person who achieved this marvellous feat was Dr William T.G. Morton, whose grave bears the inscription. “ Before whom, in all times surgery was agony, by whom, pain in surgery was averted and annulled, since whom, science has control over pain”.

Surgical procedures (operations) were uncommon before 1846; not because there was a dearth of efficient surgeons, but because the means of relief of surgical pain were rudimentary. Drugs like alcohol, hashish, opium derivatives, physical method like tying the patient and unconsciousness induced by a blow to the head were used. In brief, surgery was the ultimate trauma to the patient and, hence, was looked upon as a last resort. On October 16, 1846 Dr. William T.G. Morton used Ether for the relief of pain during surgery in Boston. Only five months later, pain relief technique using Ether was practised at Kolkata. Prior to this date, surgery used to be a nightmare.

Muscle men were an essential part of the operation theatre complex to hold the patient and gag him for the surgery. Thus only those procedures were performed which were essential to save a persons’ life like amputation of a gangrenous limb or drainage of an abscess. Thus, it was the speed more than the skill, which mattered.

From that rudimentary world to the present day has been a long journey of 160 years. John Snow, for example, was England’s leading specialist in anaesthesia and probably the history’s first anaesthesiologist. He used chloroform on Queen Victoria for the painless birth of Prince Leopold. Later, two German researchers — August Bier and his assistant August Hildebrandt — demonstrated the technique of spinal anaesthesia in 1883 by injecting cocaine in the spinal canal of the later.

It can be said the foundation of the speciality of anaesthesiology was laid down in the 19th century and the systematisation of the scientific art was accomplished in the twentieth century giving birth to superspecialities like cardiothoracic, neuro, paediatric, neonatal, obstetric and geriatric anaesthesia, etc. As of today, the techniques have become sophisticated, the instrumentation for administering anaesthetics and monitoring patients responses have been infinitely refined and the substances used to achieve anaesthesia have been multiplying.

When awake, an individual has the capacity to protect himself by various protective mechanisms, which are knocked out when he is put to sleep by anaesthetic agents. At this time, it is the anaesthetist who protects the patient and while taking care of his vital signs, keeps him alive. It will not be an understatement to make that “the anaesthetist holds the lifeline while the surgeon holds the knife”. Anaesthetist not only puts the patient to sleep, either by means of inhalation or injections as is the impression carried by many people in public, but in the present day, many anaesthesiologists have chosen not to “ hide behind their masks” in the operating rooms only, but are actively demonstrating their professional expertise in emergency rooms, ambulance squads and critical care units.

Dr Tej K. Kaul



Regular screening of diabetics must to prevent blindness
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
The Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Thursday conducted a free screening camp for diabetic retinopathy to mark the ‘World Sight Day’.
Inaugurating the camp, the civil surgeon, Dr Yash Pal Singla, stressed the need for better public awareness around the world about the prevention and treatment of loss of vision.

He said the global burden of blindness was 50 million in the year 2000, which was expected to grow to 75 million by 2020 unless special efforts were taken to arrest and reverse this trend.

Dr John Pramod, Director of CMCH, informed that the focus of ‘World Sight Day’ this year was on diabetic retinopathy, a disease that could cause irreversible loss of vision in diabetics and often started with no symptoms. “Regular screening of patients with diabetes mellitus can prevent blindness in these cases by an early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy and timely laser therapy.”

Dr Harpreet Kapoor, Head, Department of Ophthalmology, said, “In keeping with this tradition, the CMCH has also been conducting free eye check-up camps every Monday in the department of ophthalmology since September 18, which will continue till October 30. School screening programmes are also being undertaken to detect refractive errors and provide timely treatment with the aim of reducing childhood blindness.”

A comprehensive eye examination, including fundus examination, free blood sugar and diet counselling were given to all patients at the camp.



Medical check-up camp tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 14
Bhai Ghanayaji Seva Sanstha will hold a free medical check-up camp at Gurdwara Sidhwar Kishanpura, Bhikhi, near Rarra Sahib, on October 16.

According to Mr Shamsher Singh, president of the sanstha, a team of doctors, comprising Dr Ramesh, Eye Surgeon, Dr Hardeep Singh, Orthopedician, Dr Prabhjot Kaur, Gynecologist, Dr Karnail Singh, Cardiologist, and general physician, Dr Jagtar Singh, ENT Surgeon, Dr Rupinder Singh, Pediatrician and Dr Amit, Dental Surgeon would examine the patients and render follow up advice. 



BCET finish runners up in PTU football tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 14
The Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology (BCET), on the Alamgir-Rara Sahib road, near here, finished runners up in the Punjab Technical University Inter-College Football Championship held at Sant Baba Bhag Singh Institute of Engineering and Technology, Padhiana, recently.

The title clash match score at the end of the regular period was 1-1. In the extra time Sant Baba Bhag Singh College scored the all-important goal. The Ryatt Institute of Engineering and Technology, Rail Majra, came third.

Meanwhile five players of the Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology Kulbir Singh, Parjot Singh, Inderdeep Singh, Jagdeep Singh and Navpreet Singh have been selected to represent Punjab Technical University in the forthcoming North Zone Inter-Varsity Football Tournament to be held at Mahilpur, Hoshiarpur.

The members of the college football team which secured second spot in the tournament were honoured at a function organised on the college campus today. Mr Sukhdev Singh Garcha, secretary, management committee of the college, gave away cash prizes to the players. Dr A.S. Bansal, principal of the college, and faculty members were present on the occasion.



Everest Public School boys win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 14
Everest Public School, Moti Nagar, beat Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School 42-26 to register their second win in the boy’s section (u-16) in a row in the Ludhiana District Basketball Championship being played at Guru Nanak Stadium here today. Rajan Sharma with 17 points scripted Everest School’s win.

In other matches, Vijay Public School pipped Arya Public School 51-49 after leading 24-16 at the end of the second quarter while Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School defeated BCM School 74-62. The winners were leading 36-33 at half time.

In a league match, Green Land School got the better of Kundan Vidya Mandir School 60-29. Green Land School’s Harpreet Singh was the architect of the win who contributed as many as 38 points while Sahil netted 8 points for the losers.

In the senior section, Government College outnumbered Gymkhana Club 114-101. Nikhil and Jatinder Singh scored 19 and 24 points, respectively, for the winners while Akash contributed 41 points for the losers and Richard Joy netted 20 points.



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