Hospital told to pay Rs 5 lakh as relief
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked an Amritsar-based private hospital to pay Rs 5 lakh as compensation for medical negligence for the loss of life of a 46-year old female patient.

In his complaint Kashmir Singh, a resident of Palha Sahib Road in Amritsar, had said that his wife, Amarjit Kaur, was suffering from fibcoidieterus for which hysterectomy was to be done. He said that he approached Dr Mandeep Kaur of Janta Hospital for the treatment who said that a minor operation would be performed and that his wife should come on December 24, 2003.


Adequate measures not taken for sterlisation of theatre instruments, dressing rooms. The operation was done in a hasty and negligent manner.


Due to faulty operation, the bleeding of the patient could not be stopped. If condition of the patient was too bad, the doctors should not have operated such a hopeless case.”

Kashmir Singh said that an operation was done on December 25, 2003 without proper investigation and pre-operative tests. He alleged that adequate measures were also not taken for sterlisation of theatre instruments, dressing rooms and that the operation was done in a haste and negligent manner. He said that he was informed that the operation was performed successfully and his wife would be discharged soon.

The complainant said that his wife’s condition started deteriorating the same day and the doctor when contacted said that his wife was perfectly stable. He alleged that he approached the doctor next day again but she did not pay attention.

He asserted that his wife remained unconscious and her blood pressure decreased very fast.

Kashmir Singh said that the doctor asked him to shift his wife to Amandeep Hospital as Janta Hospital did not have proper facility of ICU, ventilator and other equipment. He was charged Rs 40,000 at the time of discharge. On being shifted to Amandeep Hospital two days after surgery, many tests were conducted on his wife for which he was charged hefty amount, the complainant said. He said that he was assured that his wife’s condition would improve in two days for which he was charged Rs 50,000. Later, he was told that they would not be able to save Amarjit’s life as she had been operated upon in the most negligent manner and she be taken to some other hospital.

On December 29, Kashmir Singh shifted his wife to Hartej Hospital. Again many tests were conducted on her and he had to pay Rs 70,004 but his wife died on December 31, 2003 while in the hospital. Kashmir Singh alleged that his wife died due to improper treatment and improper sterlisation at the time of surgery. Dr Mandeep Kaur of Janta Hospital submitted her claim saying that the patient had been treated before admission to their hospital. She said that the patient came with a history of menorrhagia for the last four years and she was not responding.

She said that the operation of abdominal hysterectomy was necessary and the size of fibroid had enlarged since the last treatment. She said that proper monitoring was done from time to time.

Doctors at Amandeep Hospital said that they had been wrongly dragged into litigation as the patient was in a critical condition. They said that the patient was put in ICU and the normal fee charged was Rs 5000. Hartej Hospital authorities said that the patient come with a low blood pressure and renal failure.

The forum observed that due to faulty operation, the bleeding of the patient could not be stopped. It said that if condition of the patient was too bad, the doctors should not have operated such a hopeless case. It further said that maximum care should have been taken to fight post-operative infection. It observed that if the condition of the patient was deteriorating the same evening after operation, she should have been shifted immediately by the doctor at Janta Hospital.

The forum did not point out negligence in the case of other two hospitals. The forum asked the hospital to compensate for the loss of life of Amarjit Kaur for whom the complainant had to shell out huge sum in three hospitals.



Institute asked to refund fee
To refund the hostel fees with 9 per cent interest, Rs 2000 as compensation
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked Lovely Institute of Law to refund an amount of Rs 36,285 taken as hostel fee with 9 per cent interest to a student who surrendered her seat and pay her Rs 2000 as compensation.

Rakshit Rai Mehta, a student from Amritsar, said that she had deposited a fee of Rs 16,970 and hostel security fee to the tune of Rs 38,500 with Lovely Institute of Law on July 21, 2005. She said that she joined on August 8, 2005 but due to unavoidable circumstances, she had to surrender her seat on August 29, 2005 and take admission in Regional Centre of Guru Nanak Dev University, Gurdaspur.

She had alleged that she did not get a good atmosphere in hostel and asked for refund of fee and hostel charges.

The authorities of the institute claimed that the student had cited family problem as the reason for leaving the seat in an application received by them on August 29, 2005. They claimed that they had suffered a loss of seat as it remained vacant during the entire session. The forum observed that the institute had suffered a loss due to vacant seat and so the fee could not be refunded.

But it stated that the student had not availed the hostel facility from the month of September 2005 onwards for which she should be refunded an amount of Rs 36,285 along with 9 per cent interest from the date of deposition till payment. It also asked the institute to pay Rs 2000 as compensation which would include the cost of litigation.



HKC bags NAAC’s A-grade
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, April 26
Hindu Kanya College has become the first college in Kapurthala district to get the A-grade accreditation.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, awarded the college A-grade accreditation for the quality aspects in its contribution to higher education for girls of the area.

The NAAC, an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission (UGC), assessed the college for three days through 14 thorough inspecting and interacting sessions with all the constituents and stakeholders between February 26 and 28.

Joyous over getting the A-grade accreditation, principal Gulshan Yadav expressed her gratitude to the management, the staff, the students, the members of the alumni association, the elite of the town and the parents for their cooperation and involvement. The principal claimed, while talking to The Tribune, that all the three learned peer team members Padma Ramachandran, former VC, MS University Baroda, Dr Ann Mery Fernandez, former registrar, University of Madras and Prof Bharati Naek, former principal and director, felt highly impressed with the discipline among students, cooperation and team spirit in the faculty, commendable results, rich healthy practices, supporting services for students, beautiful and spacious building and up-to-date laboratories for all disciplines.

Gulshan Yadav further said that with the dynamic and energetic leadership of president Tilak Raj Agarwal, vice-president Dr Surinder Kumar Garg, manager Arihant Agarwal, secretary O.P. Behl, internal auditor Haribudh Singh Baba and all other members of the managing committee and general body, the college would earn the status of a model college at the national level too.



Fancy nos put DTO in trouble
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has asked the District Transport Officer to pay a resident Rs 20,000 as compensation for causing him harassment by not issuing the fancy numbers for his cars he had applied for and refunding Rs 16,730 which had been charged from him unreasonably as extra road tax. While announcing the decision, forum president M.M. Bhalla and member Surinder Mittal have also asked the Punjab transport secretary to hold an inquiry into the matter to pinpoint the negligent officials and recover the sum so incurred by the government from them.

In his complaint, Inderjit Singh of New Jawahar Nagar here had written that he had purchased a Mercedes Benz car on July 15, 2004, and a Skoda car on April 4, 2005. He said he had applied for registration numbers 0011 and 0009 for the two cars. He said the DTO had issued challan for Rs 3,000 to be deposited in a bank as fancy number charges and another challan of Rs 10,200 as road tax for the Mercedes car. For the Skoda car, he was issued challans for Rs 10,000 as fancy number fee and Rs 10,240 as road tax.

But despite repeated visits, he was not issued the car numbers. His appeal was heard in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 9, 2006, and an order was passed five months later to release the numbers. But the DTO asked him to deposit an extra road tax as 2 per cent of the value of cars.

He said while he was issued number 0009 for his Skoda car after depositing Rs 16,730 as road tax to avoid police challans, the officer also agreed to give number 0011 in the “AY” series as per the court order, but demanded an extra road tax for the same as per new rules. The consumer demanded refund of the extra tax deposited for the Skoda car and a waiver of extra tax on the Mercedes car.

Taking a decision in favour of the consumer, forum has directed the DTO to charge road tax for both cars as per rates applicable on the date when the registration was applied. It asked the officer to issue number for the Mercedes Benz car as PB-08-AY-0011 within one month.



Boys impersonate girls to dupe gullible people
Two arrested, one flees. Identify themselves as Roshni and Pinki
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
In a bizarre incident, three boys were found duping gullible persons after impersonating girls at the local bus stand on Thursday morning. They had impersonated themselves girls in such a way after wearing lady dresses and make-up that it was almost impossible to judge their actual identity.

Interestingly after identifying their possible victim, they started touching the cheeks of a person as eunuchs usually did.

Meanwhile, one of them pulled out over Rs 400 from the pocket of the person, later identified as a retired Army man Harbhajan Singh of a Hoshiarpur village, working as security guard in the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

Following which, the retied Army man asked the impersonators to return his money and said if they required the same, they might retain Rs 100.

Instead of doing so, the impersonators tried to flee from the spot. The retired Army man chased them and shouted for help.

On hearing the noise, in charge of the bus stand police post ASI Jatinder Singh and head constable Rajinder Singh reached the spot and nabbed two of the three impersonators.

However, the third impersonator fled. Interestingly when they were taken to the local Civil Hospital for their medical examination, the policemen were surprised to find that they were boys.

The two of the impersonators were later identified as Deepa of Ujala Nagar and Sonu of Guru Nanak Nagar (both the localities falling in the Basti Sheikh area).

While Deepa was posing himself as Roshni, Sonu had impersonated himself Pinki in an attempt to duping the gullible persons.

A first information report (FIR) under sections 419, 420 and 379 of the Indian Penal Code was registered against them at police division number six, said the police post clerk Rajinder Mehta.

The arrested impersonators are not educated and reportedly belong to poor families. During preliminary interrogation, they admitted that they had been duping different persons after impersonating themselves attractive girls in order to get some money.

Meanwhile, deputy superintendent of police (city-II) Rajeswar Singh said that the police would try to seek their police remand when they were produced in a local court on Friday to know about their victims and to nab their escaped accomplice.



Complaints put halt to mobile jammer
Dharmendra Joshi
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
The passport office located at Civil Lines area had taken a leap forward by setting up a cell phone jammer to increase efficiency and security but oops it’s not in use for some time now due to complaints from LIC office.

The passport office, although, provides an example to the central jail located at Basti Adda here, which keep coming in news for use of mobiles, to install jammer as soon as possible.

The jammer was installed in the office, which is being run on the first floor of the rented building about two years ago to avoid undue diversion of the employees from their routine work, said regional passport officer (RPO) Amarjeet Singh while talking to The Tribune.

Amarjeet Singh said that the jammer had remained operational for over one year but it was not in use for past some months as objections were raised by the employees of LIC department working in the office located on the ground floor of the rented building as there mobile phones had also jammed.

Now without the functioning of jammer, the officials at the officials take special measures not to use cell phones. Some are not allowed to bring where as others don’t bring their units at the first go.

Even then, all the employees except a few one who come from distant places like Chandigarh are allowed to bring their mobile phones with them in the office.

Even those employees who daily commute from their housed located at distant places usually switched off their mobile phones for uninterrupted work, the RPO added.

Presently there are about 100 employees working in the regional passport office which looks after seven districts Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Nawanshahr of Doaba region, Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Tarn Taran of Majha region.

Several hundred passport seekers from the seven districts of Punjab daily visit passport office and one may see queues of the passport seekers at different windows in the passport office.

Amarjeet Singh claims that the employees pay undivided attention to their work from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. daily.

In reply to a question, he says that there was no need to get permission to install jammer as that had been set up in the passport office itself and not in any other building.

The regional passport office was shifted to the present rented building in 1991. Earlier it was run in another rented building near bus stand since 1979 after the passport office at Chandigarh had been bifurcated and Jalandhar officer was carved out.

Presently, over 1,000 passports are being issued daily from Jalandhar passport office. As many as 2,10,000 passports were issued in the last year, he added.

“Usually it takes less then a month to issue passport since submission of the application form provided all the required information is duly provided,” he said.

“We dispatch passport at the applicant’s address the next day after getting police verification report.”

To a query, he says that some district police in Majha unnecessary delay in sending applicant’s police verification report.

Further in reply to a question, he says that the process of opening a separate passport office at Amritsar is on. The work of identifying proper rented building to open the office at Amritsar was on, he says, adding the office there is likely to start working in a next few months.

There is possibility that all the three districts of Majha region presently being looked after by Jalandhar office and two districts of Ferozepore and Faridkot being taken care by Chandigarh office will be handed over to proposed Amritsar office, he adds.



Malkit comes calling for Airwings Services
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
Malkit Singh, the popular singing sensation, who is also the brand ambassador of MoneyGram International to the Punjabi community, visited Airwings Services Pvt Ltd (super agent for MoneyGram) here recently.

Gautam Kalro (agent support manager), Shilpi Ghosh (marketing manager-India), Neeta Bhasin (ASB communication) also visited along with Malkit Singh.

Airwings Services are the super agent for MoneyGram International Money Transfer in the Indian subcontinent. Airwings has a quality network of more than 1,300 service locations through out the country and is growing its quality service network at a fast pace.

Deepak Bhatia, the Joint Managing Director, Airwings Services said, “We are delighted that Malkit Singh is promoting the MoneyGram brand.”

To receive money via Money Gram in India, the receiver can simply walk into any MoneyGram agent location, complete a simple receive form and show a photo identification to receive funds in as little as 10 minutes, subject to agent availability and hours of operation. MoneyGram has approximately 6,600 agent locations in the Indian subcontinent. Its money transfer service is approved by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and has been available in India for more than eight years.

MoneyGram has recently invested more resources in the Indian market and has continued its efforts on introducing special low fee and competitive exchange worldwide to the community.

Airwings Services is a group of companies focused on services sector in multifaceted functional areas. Malkit Singh visited Airwings and distributed T-Shirts, Audio CD's, etc. as gifts to customers and sub-agents.

MoneyGram is a global leader in the money transfer industry and has been increasing its presence in India, with northern India a key focus for the company. Punjab is one of the largest “receive” market in India. The company set up an office in Delhi in March this year to manage its north Indian operations.



Sports Roundup
District chess tourney begins tomorrow
Parwinder Blaggan
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
The Jalandhar Chess Association is organising a two-day Jalandhar district chess competitions from April 28 at Seth Hukam Chand Public School here.

JCA joint secretary Munish Thappar said the players belonging to Jalandhar district could participate in the tournament.

“Those acquiring first 10 positions would be sent to participate in the Punjab-B chess championship scheduled to be held at Tarn Taran from May 10,” he added.

The interested players can contact tournament director H.K. Tiwari before April 28 for registration.

Camp organised

The 15-day track-and-field workshop organised by the Punjab sports department, in a bid to uplift the standard of sports, at Sports School concluded here.

During the workshop, UK-based David Johnson, a British national coach for athletics from 1985-88, conducted many sessions, including the theory and practical training for all levels of athletes and coaches of Punjab.

Basics of advance techniques in improvising long jump, triple jump, sprints and hurdles in general and specific were taught in the workshop. Stress was also laid on the bio-motor abilities.

Discussions on sports psychology, competition approach and training plan for the athletes were also held.

Athletics meet

With a view to creating awareness among the general public about AIDS, Rail Coach Factory organised an athletic meet at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium.

The meet that saw participation of nearly 500 athletes was inaugurated by RCF sports association president Gurdev Singh.

Results: 16 years - Harminder Singh 1, Mukesh Kumar 2, and Rahul 3; 19 years - Amandeep Singh 1, Satnam Singh 2 and Amardeep Singh 3; 30 years -Surjit Singh 1, Samarjot Singh 2 and Kuldeep Singh 3.



Young World
26 DAV students get jobs in L&T
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 26
As many as 26 B. Tech students studying in their pre-final year at the DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology have been placed with Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited, a construction company. Out of the 26 selected candidates, 12 are from electronics and communication engineering stream, four from computer science and engineering, five from mechanical engineering branch, two each from the disciplines of civil engineering and information technology and one belongs to the electrical engineering discipline. All the students have been asked to join the company in June 2008 with a starting annual package of Rs 2.4 lakh per annum.


Ramandeep Kaur, a student of the Lovely Institute of Pharmacy, has brought laurels by bagging first place in the Punjab Technical University in the B. pharmacy (third semester) examination conducted recently. She secured 840 marks out of 1000 to reach the top slot. Gurdeep Kaur, a student of B. pharmacy (seventh semester), too has topped the university with 724 marks out of 1000.

Annual day

Kendriya Vidyalaya Suranussi celebrated its annual day. Col Vinesh Rana, commandant and chairman of vidyalaya managing committee, inaugurated the function. School principal read out the annual report. Sophia Rana, wife of the chief guest, gave away prizes to the students and distinguished sportspersons. A cultural programme was presented by the students.

Annual function

The School of Legal Studies, Guru Nanak Dev University Regional Campus, Ladhewali, organised an annual prize distribution function today. Punjab and Haryana Bar Council chairman Navtej Singh Toor was the chief guest. Dr Baljeet Kaur, associate dean of students’ welfare, presided over the function.

Dr S.C. Sharma, professor and head, said the prizes were distributed among the students for their achievements in academics and co-curricular activities.

Investiture ceremony

An investiture ceremony was organised in the primary section of Apeejay School, Model Town. The oath was administered by headmistress Inderjeet Sehgal and coordinator Roma Midha. Aneesh Kumar was chosen as the head boy while Suja Mahajan was taken as the head girl. The new team pledged to maintain discipline on the campus.



Gulina gives fashion tips to INIFD students
Tribune News Service

Stefania Gulina, fashion stylist and expert faculty from Milan interacting with students and faculty of INIFD during a workshop held in Jalandhar on Thursday.
Stefania Gulina, fashion stylist and expert faculty from Milan interacting with students and faculty of INIFD during a workshop held in Jalandhar on Thursday. —  Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma

Jalandhar, April 26
The Inter-National Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) organised a design workshop with Stefinia Gulina, fashion stylist and expert faculty from Milan, here today.

Gulina gave tips to the students and faculty on fashion forecast, international fashion scenario and utilising forecasting for day-to-day fashion. She gave an insight into the forthcoming shows, including “Fall Winter 2007-08” and “Spring Summer 2008-09”.

The fashion expert from fashion capital spoke in detail about the complete process of design starting from creativity to selling the product and draping of the fabric. Gulina, who has worked as a consultant for industrial modernisation centre talked about stylish and versatile upcoming fashion trends.



2.89-qt wheat arrives in Phagwara mandis
Our Correspondent

Phagwara, April 26
Punjab Mandi Board Secretary S Kulbir Singh today made a surprise visit to Phagwara mandi and assessed the situation about wheat procurement.

He along with Phagwara SDM Amarjitpal checked wheat quality and expressed satisfaction. He said total 2.89 quintals of wheat has arrived in Phagwara mandis till now, but 1.5 lakh quintals of wheat remain to be lifted.

He held a meeting with market committee staff, transporters and arhtiyas and listened to their problems. He, however, instructed the mandi staff to provide all facilities to the farmers in mandis.

Arhtiyas Naresh Bhardwaj, Kulwant Pabbi, Sarwan Singh Kular besides transporters Satbir Singh Sahbhi and Surinder Singh Walia shared their problems. Replying on the demands of the licences of arhtiyas, he assured that all licenses of arhtiyas could now be renewed by May 31 without any penalty.



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