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Students celebrate Lohri with fervour in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
Lohri was celebrated with enthusiasm at Kiddies Paradise School here today. The tiny tots participated in a fancy dress competition. A quiz programme was also held. The school Director, Mr Randhir Singh, distributed gachak, rewaris and peanuts among the students.

SKSK Education Institute: A kite flying competition was organised for the students of Class IV to X in the institute here on Friday. Thirteen girls and 12 boys participated. For junior classes, a song competition related to Lohri was held. Fifty students participated in it. Three teachers, Ms Harsimran, Ms Rakha and Ms Aman, were given farewell.

Gupta Model High School: Lohri was celebrated in the school by lighting a big bonfire. Peanuts and other goodies were distributed among students sitting around the fire. Parents also joined in the celebrations and sang the lohri song.

Tagore Public School: The nursery wing of the school celebrated Lohri on Friday. A bonfire was lit. Traditional stories about Lohri were narrated. A fancy dress competition was also held. The Principal, Ms Anita Gakhar, also joined in the celebrations.

Atam Public Senior Secondary School: Students clapped, danced and sang the Lohri song around the bonfire. The origin of Lohri and its significance was explained to the students.

Doraha College of Education: Students of Doraha College of Education celebrated Lohri with fervour. The function started with lighting of the traditional bonfire by the chief guest, Dr D.R. Vij, former Dean, Panjab University. The students organised a cultural programme. A student highlighted the importance of Lohri. A group dance by students was appreciated.

Peace Public School: The students celebrated Lohri with unbridled enthusiasm and energy at the school. A ceremonial bonfire was lit and the legend behind the pre-harvest festival was explained to the students. Little girls of the primary section attired in traditional dresses performed giddha. The whole school matched pace and steps to the rhythm of the dhols, as its beats filled th air. Children enjoyed flying kites of all hues.

Gujrauwala Guru Nanak Public School: The KG section of the school celebrated the festival. Children took part in the celebrations with enthusiasm. Mrs Satpreet Kaur, officiating Principal, lit the bonfire and enlightened the children about the significance of the festival. Peanuts, rewaris were also distributed among the children.

Kundan Vidya Mandir: The students of the KG section had a gala time while enjoying the festive spirit of Lohri here on Friday. The function was organised to make children aware of this popular festival of Punjab. Around the bonfire, the students of LKG and UKG presented a folk dance. The children were given groundnuts, rewaris and popcorns.

Guru Nanak Girls College: Lohri was celebrated on the college campus with great fun and frolic. Principal Dr Charanjit K. Mahal congratulated the staff and students on the occasion. She also stressed that we should also celebrate Lohri of a girl child. A cultural programme comprising mimicry, folk songs, dances and other items was also organised. Sweets, groundnuts and popcorns were distributed. Uniforms were also distributed to Class IV employees.

New Senior Secondary School: The students showed the rich spirit of Lohri as it was celebrated in the traditional manner in the school here on Friday. In the morning, students participated in a debate and declamation competition and celebrated Lohri in the afternoon. The Principal, Mr Prasher, stressed on the need to celebrate Lohri of a girl child.

Green Land Senior Secondary School: Students of Class IV to XII of the school participated in a kite flying competition. The Kirti House won the competition. 



PNB gives computers for children
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 12
With a view to fulfilling sits social responsibility Punjab National Bank (PNB) today contributed computers and furniture for the Jan Vidyalaya Computer Centre for children from the weaker sections of society on Hambran Road here.

Inaugurating the centre, Mr S.C. Bithal, Deputy General Manager, PNB, said increased usage of information technology could result in rapid progress. He said the bank would continue taking such measures in future as well.

On the financial support for education, he said the bank was extending finance to deserving /meritorious students for pursuing education in India and abroad under its scheme ‘Education Loan Scheme - Vidyalakshyapurti’. The scheme envisages sanction of education loans up to Rs.7.50 lakh for studies in India and up to Rs.15 lakh for studies abroad. "Under the PNB Sarvottam Shiksha Scheme we are also providing financial assistance to deserving students who have secured admission in premier educational institutions such as IITs, IIMs, government recognised medical colleges and other professional educational institutes related to bio-technology, other physical sciences, banking etc. These credit facilities are being made available to the students of affordable rates of interest."

Mr Rakesh Bharti Mittal, chief patron of Temple of Humanity Trust, planted 40 saplings at the function.



BJS Dental College to host 'Fusion 2007'
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
Aspiring dentists from not only the mega city but the entire northern region will have an opportunity to have education with entertainment at a mega event 'Fusion 2007', being organised by Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College here on January 14 and 15. The programme will be an amalgamation of a continuing dental education (CDE) programme on 'Endodontics Posts', inter-college dental quiz, poster making competition, cultural events and fun games. 


City doc delivers lecture at national conclave
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
Dr Veena Jain, chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Gynaecological Oncology at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation here was invited as guest faculty at the 50th All-India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AICOG-2007), held at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata from January 5 to January 9.

The conference was attended by more than 6000 delegates from all over India and abroad.

Dr Jain delivered her talk on 'Trends in Surgery of Vesico Vaginal Fistula', the most feared complication after hysterectomy (removal of uterus) and difficult vaginal delivery.

In her presentation, she remarked that an inadvertent injury to urinary tract led to loss of control on passage of urine.

Her talk focused on various traditional and latest techniques, including laparoscopic, Laser and 'Fibrin glue application' for successful surgery of this complication. She presented her own experience of operating 25 such cases with nearly 100 per cent success rate which was highly appreciated by the delegates. She was also the chairperson for two sessions, and in one of these sessions, she was the judge for selection of best paper award.

In the free paper session, Dr Indu and Dr Kirandeep, both post graduate students from this institution, under the supervision of Dr Veena Jain, presented there work on 'Role of colposcopy and PAPs smear in unhealthy cervix' and 'Single layer versus double layer closure of lower segment CS'. 



BSNL staff to get treatment at DMCH without payment
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 12
Employees of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and their dependents can now get medical treatment without payment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), as also at the Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) following the renewal of relevant agreements with the two hospitals yesterday.

Though the facility of cashless medical treatment was available to BSNL employees earlier as well, the renewal of the agreement was stalled on account of certain technical points. Following detailed negotiations involving officials of the BSNL, the DMCH and the HDHI, the authorities concerned decided to fast track the renewal of the agreement.

“This was done keeping in view the fact that many patients were facing problems as a result of the delay in the agreement,” informed Dr G.S. Wander, chief cardiologist at the HDHI. “Often patients come to us in a state of acute emergency wherein our only priority is to look after the medical need of the patient. Patients do not suffer on account of administrative requirements, the management of the hospitals decided to renew the agreement,” he added.

The BSNL officials, led by Mr S.K. Nigam, General Manager, Ludhiana Telecom District, Mr S.K. Jain, DEP (Administration), and Mr J.S. Grewal, SDE (General), were equally keen and helpful to ensure that the renewal of the facility was processed as quickly as possible. As such, the agreements with the two hospitals were renewed within three days of the proposal having been received by BSNL, Dr Wander said.

As per the agreement, all BSNL employees had to do was to prove their identity when they visited the two hospitals for indoor treatment. All their bills would thereafter be presented directly to their organization by the hospital authorities. Every kind of treatment, including advance and expensive procedures, were covered under the terms of the agreements. 



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