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Pbi varsity Dean honoured
Our Correspondent

Amloh, December 19
The Punjab Government has cleared the employment of 25 sportspersons out of a list of 295 players awaiting jobs in the police department, Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary, Home, Justice and Sainik Welfare, while addressing a cultural mela organised by the Punjab Sabhyacharak Club here on Sunday.

He said the daily allowance of SPOs had been enhanced from Rs 90 to Rs 150 and another Bill would help the trial of prisoners through videos in jails and undertrails would not be taken to courts. He announced a grant of Rs 31,000 to the club.

Dr Jora Singh, Chairman of the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, inaugurated the function and stressed the need to preserve culture.

Dr B.C. Gupta, Principal Secretary, Home and Justice, was honoured for his efforts to save school land at Bhadson village from encroachers during his tenure as Deputy Commissioner, Patiala.

Dean Punjabi University, Patiala, Sunita Dheer was honoured for her services towards the youth.

Mr Balbir Singh Ghumman, general secretary of the club, spoke about the achievements of the club.

As many as 200 woollens were distributed among the needy students.

PPCC secretary Swatantra Karkara, Dr Shalini Gupta, Director of Desh Bhagat College, and BJP district vice-chief Rajpal Garg, among others, also spoke.

People Theater, Patran, staged “Sukki Kukh” and “Dera” depicting the evils of society while Bibi Sunita Bhatti, Ram Singh Albela, Kulbir Kaulgaria, Ranjeet Singh Albela, Harbhajan Singh Jallowal and Karanveer presented songs. 



Career counselling programme
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
Tagore Public School provided a golden opportunity to the students of Class XII by organising career counselling by the Chandigarh Group of Colleges and the Flying Cats. During a three-hour session, the Chandigarh colleges apprised students of various options available after Class XII. The Flying Cats also provided counselling to the outgoing students.

Information regarding tourism, aviation and hospitality management was given to them. The students were grateful to Principal Amrita Gakhar for organising the programme in school.



Chhibber, Kalia confident of victory in DBA poll
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 19
With the voting for the annual elections of the District Bar Association(DBA) scheduled to be held tomorrow, the contesting candidates have left no stone unturned to attract and convince voters for casting vote in their favour. The last day of canvassing proved to be a power show.

The voting will start at 9.30 am and end at 4.30 pm. 1,527 voters will decide the fate of 15 contestants for different posts. Young lawyers particularly 232 chamber applicants for the Yadwindra Lawyers Chambers Complex are most likely to influence the result of any candidate.

For the post of the president of the DBA, there will be a direct contest between the sitting Bar president, Mr Naval Kishore Chhibber, and the former Bar president, Mr Hemant Kalia. Mr Chhibber is backed by Mr Harish Rai Dhanda (former chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana) group. Whereas, the candidature of Mr Kalia was supported by Mr Balwinder Goel, Member, Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana.

Mr Chhibber and Mr Kalia both seem to be confident about their victory. There was no wave seen in favour of any particular candidate during the campaign.

In th past couple of years more than 500 lawyers had joined this profession and they would cast their vote tomorrow.

The Organisation of Young Lawyers is backing the candidature of Mr Kalia. Whereas, another organisation of young lawyers-Group of Friends Advocates was supporting the presidential candidate, Mr Chhibber.

For the post of secretary of the DBA, Mr Kuldeep Singh Arora and Mr R.S. Grewal will contest. The candidature of Mr Grewal was being supported by Mr Kalia and Mr Balwinder Goel. Whereas, Mr Arora was getting the support from the Dhanda and Chhibber faction.

There will be a direct contest between Mr S.S. Mangat and Mr Vijay Bhatia for the post of vice-president. To become the joint secretary of the DBA, Mr Rajan Chand and Ms Anju Sodhi are in the fray.

For six posts of the executive members-Ms Gurbir Kaur Sehgal, Ms Yogita Mohil, Ms Neena Markanda, Mr Aru Sharma, Mr Kulwinder Pal Singh, Mr Gaurav Saini and Mr Gaurav Bhandari are trying their luck.

Eminent political personalities who are members of the Bar and are likely to cast a vote includes the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP, Ludhiana, Mr MaheshInder Singh Grewal, former minister and Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minster, Punjab.



Mrs Ludhiana pageant on Jan 7
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 19
The 9 to 9 Entertainment will organise “Mrs Ludhiana 2006” contest at Guru Nanak Bhavan here on January 7. Local television channels, Win and Siti Cable, will telecast the event Live.

Mr Parjaninder and Mr Hary, organisers, said in a press note here today that the married women of Punjab aspiring to make it big in the fashion and glamour world would be exposed to a competitive environment through the programme.

“Punjabi women have made their presence felt in various fields. This contest aims to promote the artistic acumen of local married women,” said Mr Parjaninder.

Entries are open for all women of Ludhiana who are below 35 years of age. The last date of filling forms is December 23 and auditions will be completed by December 24. Selected contestant will be groomed for a week by renowned model choreographer Vikram Sharma.

There will be bridal and western wear rounds. Ten shortlisted candidates will go through the talent-hunt round. Six contestants will be selected for the final round.


Maternal and foetal care centre at Apollo
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 19
SPS Apollo Hospitals launched an advanced maternal and foetal care centre here today to manage high-risk pregnancies.
The centre will provide the parents-to-be with full spectrum of services, right from preconception counselling to a wide range of advanced testing.

A CME on “High-risk pregnancy management-current concepts” was held on the hospital premises to mark the opening of this super-speciality centre. The programme was organised by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and nearly 100 obstetricians and paediatricians from the town attended the programme.

The programme got under way with the welcome address by Mr Jugdiep Singh, director of the hospital. It was followed by a scientific session with focus on obstetrics and paediatrics. Dr Vaneet Kaur, senior consultant and coordinator, along with Dr Anjali Somani, senior consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, highlighted the need of managing high-risk pregnancy at a centre fully equipped with latest technology for electronic and bio-chemical monitoring of foetus.

Noted experts in their respective fields, including Dr A.S. Rattan, Dr Lata Bawa, Dr T.S. Gambhir, Dr Ashwini Singal, Dr N. Raizada, Dr Arun Handa and Dr Poonam Rastogi expressed their views and shared their clinical experiences in the interactive sessions.

In her presentation, Dr Vaneet Kaur said a pregnancy was considered high-risk when the condition or the circumstance could affect the health of the mother or baby. About six to eight per cent of all pregnancies came under this category.

“Some women know they will need specialised care during pregnancy because of a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, a complication in a previous pregnancy, such as preterm birth, a family history of hereditary disease or birth defects, or advanced maternal age (35 or older).

Although these factors are serious, enough can be done to treat and manage a high-risk pregnancy,” she said. According to Dr Ashwini Singal, the centre will offer a range of routine tests, including assessments, screenings, ultrasound and umbilical cord sampling.



Surgery to tackle obesity
Our Correspondent

Doraha, December 19
Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu, director and chief of the Surgery Department of the Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, recently performed total laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery on Mr Harvinder Singh (name changed), a 47-year-old businessman from Ludhiana. The patient weighed 170 kg.

A press conference was organised by Dr Gurdip Singh Sidhu. He said it was a rare and highly sophisticated surgery. Mr Harvinder Singh was also present in the conference. Explaining about the procedure, Dr Sidhu said, “The stomach is reduced in size using surgical staples. It is then connected to the middle portion of the intestine. The rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine are thus bypassed. As the patient feels full more quickly, the food intake gets reduced which means fewer calories. This leads to permanent weight loss. Dr Sidhu said Harvinder Singh was expected to lose 30 to 40 per cent weight is the first year and reach the ideal weight in around two years.

“So there is a good news for morbidly obese people who are 45 kg or more above their ideal body weight. The people who have exhausted all other means of weight loss can see a new ray of hope in this surgery,” he said.

Dr Sidhu said the concept of gastric bypass surgery was not new to the medical world. “Earlier, this procedure was done by making a large incision in the abdomen, but with laparoscopic approach, this has become a safer and extremely patient friendly. In the USA alone, around 1.5 lakh such surgeries were performed last year laparoscopically. The patient can walk around the very next day and is allowed to have oral intake after two days and is discharged from the hospital in around four days.”



PAU NSS volunteers donate blood

Ludhiana, December 19
About 60 NSS volunteers from the College of Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering and Home Science of the PAU donated blood for thalassaemics at a camp held here today.

Dr G.S. Chahal, Director, Students Welfare, PAU, inaugurated the camp which was organised in collaboration with the DMC.

Dr K.S. Verma, NSS programme coordinator, was the first to donate blood followed by programme officers Damanjit Kaur, Sandeep Singh and Rohinish Khurana and NSVS Prabhleen Kaur, Rohini Garg, Pawan Kumar and Rajinder Singh.

The camp was part of the 10-day ongoing camp in Talwandi Khurd, Sawaddi and Talwandi Kalan villages adopted by the PAU. — TNS



GND varsity beat Jamia Millia in hockey
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 19
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, quelled a strong challenge from Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi, before romping home victorious 2-1 whereas Punjabi University, Patiala, faced no resistance from their opponents, Gurukul University, Haridwar, whom they routed 7-0 in the league phase of the 44th North Zone Inter-Varsity Hockey Tournament being played on Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

In the first match of the league, GND University and JMI University players fought it tooth and nail to ascertain their supremacy. Jarnail Singh of GND University put his side ahead in the fourth minute through a field goal. However, their joys were short-lived as two minutes later, Banmali Xess of JMIU restored parity.

After surviving some anxious moments in the second session, GND University went into the lead through Jarnail Singh who scored a fine field goal which sealed Delhi boys' fate.

The second match played between Punjabi University and Gurukul University proved to be a mismatch as the latter failed to put up any resistence and went down 0-7. Sandeep Singh jr. found the target thrice while Deepanshu, Amritveer, Varinder Singh and Sandeep Singh sr. contributed one goal each to complete the rout.

Tomorrow, Punjabi University will take on Jamia Millia Islamia University at 1 pm while Guru Nanak Dev University will clash with Gurukul University, Haridwar at 3 pm.



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