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Hospital fined Rs 25,000 for botched delivery 
Had no blood bank; Put woman’s life in danger
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 16
Taking strict note of deficiency in service by doctors handling a delivery case, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has ordered the owner of Lama Hospital, Sherpur road, to pay a compensation of Rs 25,000.

The forum pronounced the orders while deciding a complaint filed by Sunita Garg of Janakpuri.

The negligence was apparent because there was no immediate medical management. “In our view, the hospital was not equipped with necessary infrastructure for providing treatment to such patients,” the forum observed.

It said the doctor in charge should have ensured that the hospital was equipped with life-saving infrastructure, including a blood bank. As the patient was bleeding profusely and the nearest blood bank in the civil hospital was about 10 km away, it proved the negligence of the hospital authorities.

However, the forum exonerated Dr Manmohan Lama with the observation that it was not proved on record that he had performed the caesarian operation or was associated with the treatment of the patient.

The complainant had submitted before the forum that on October 8, 2005, she had gone to the hospital for her check up where she was advised to get admitted to the hospital and told to undergo an ultrasound scan.

Dr Lama told her that she would have to go for a caesarian operation. She delivered a baby girl, but the doctor did not complete the operation and asked a hospital attendant to shift her to some other hospital.

She was taken to another hospital where her examination revealed that her uterus had been damaged by the doctor at Lama Hospital. She remained in hospital for about 20 days and her family spent Rs 1 lakh in this regard.

On the other hand, the hospital authorities refuted the allegations, saying that after examining her, the doctor had advised her to get admitted to the CMCH immediately.

She, however, went to an untrained midwife who could not handle the delivery and the complainant started bleeding profusely. Then she was brought to Lama Hospital and the operation was performed.

When the bleeding did not stop, Dr Bawa, who attended to her, removed the uterus with the consent of her husband. She was later given blood brought from the civil hospital blood bank. 



In Basta
Kiran murder case reopened after 3 yrs
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
Of all the intriguing murder cases of the city, the over three-year-old Kiran Dhawan murder case stands apart as it is probably the only case which remains “unsolved” even if it was claimed to have been traced with the arrest and trial of an accused.

Kiran, wife of Deepak Dhawan, a marriage palace owner, was found murdered in her house at Barrewal on July 17, 2004.

She was stabbed several times with sharp-edged weapons, including a screw driver. The scene of the crime had been tampered with.

After following several theories, including the possibility of an “in-house” killer, the police suspected a former servant, Parkash, to be the killer. He was booked because on the day of the murder, he had gone missing.

Parkash was arrested two years later for the murder of a couple in Delhi. Deepak Dhawan had claimed Parkash was his missing servant.

The police brought him on a production remand. He is at present in Central Jail, facing trial in the case.

However, in June this year the police claimed that Parkash could be innocent. The case has been reopened and is under investigation.

The SSP, R.K. Jaiswal, said there was more to the case than what met the eye.

The case was reopened on the argument that there was no other corroborating evidence against Parkash other than the claims of Deepak. Parkash had himself been seeking brain mapping and narco-analysis tests to prove his innocence, the police said. 



Don’t claim fee refund, schools tell parents
Force them to sign affidavit
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
A number of city schools have found a convenient way of not refunding the money charged as security fee at the time of admission. They have now made it mandatory for parents to give an undertaking that no refund would be sought.

Every year, the admission process courts controversy over the refund issue. Generally, parents fill forms of various schools to ensure the admission of their child. They deposit the customary security fee and other charges in all schools. Later, they chose one school and claim a refund from others.

These schools would get to keep the money, ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.

The Tribune has a copy of the controversial affidavit. It reads: “I, son/daughter of ... and ..., do hereby solemnly affirm that our ward, master/Ms ... who is seeking admission in ... school in the LKG class fully understand and undertake not to claim any refund or fee and gather charges deposited at the time of admission in case we decide not to continue the study of our ward in the school.”

The school authorities find nothing wrong in taking the affidavits. The principal of a school, not wishing to be quoted, said they had to be strict as parents admitted their wards in several schools and seats remained vacant. The schools have to go through the admission process again which consumes a lot of time, money and energy, the principal said. 



Stamp Duty Evasion
16 deals dubbed shady
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
The alleged stamp duty evasion scandal that took place on a single day when sub-registrar Mukesh Sharma, specially posted here to check corruption, was on leave, looks bigger with 16 deals having been identified as shady.

The stamp duty evasion could be more than Rs 60 lakh.

So far, the investigation initiated by the deputy commissioner’s office has found that of the 250 registration deeds stamped by the revenue department on November 4, 16 were wrong and under valued. Most of these had been rejected by Mukesh Kumar.

Earlier, 12 deals were found to be wrong and were sealed. Sources say the number was likely to go up and the stamp duty evasion may cross Rs 1 crore.

Sources, in particular, mentioned the evasion by a developer from Dhurkot village who showed the registration price of a vast stretch of land as about Rs 50 lakh even as the land was sold for Rs 1.20 crore.

In certain cases, the stamp duty on residential, commercial and agricultural land is different. Mostly, the evasion is done by showing urban land as agricultural or commercial as residential.

Sources in the district administration revealed that most of the 16 shady deals showed urban land as agricultural.

The deals mainly relate to land in Dhurkot, Raniya, Khanpur, Kohara, Brahman Majra and Jaspal Bangar. 



RDX Haul Case
Suspect gets 14-day judicial remand
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 16
The duty magistrate, Palwinderjit Kaur, today remanded Dr Bhagwan Singh Sandhu, a former research scholar, Guru Nanak Sikh Studies, Panjab University, in judicial custody for 14 days.

Earlier, he was in police remand. He has been ordered to be lodged in Nabha jail.

He was arrested a few days ago in connection with the seizure of RDX and some ammunition from a car in the Dakha area. On September 1, a highway patrol party had seized 3.5 kg of RDX and some live cartridges.

The police had booked three persons. From one of the cellphones recovered from the car, calls had reportedly been made to Dr Bhagwan Singh.



Recruitment in Army
Punjab govt seeks scrapping of 2 pc quota 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
The Punjab government will request the Centre for scrapping the 2 per cent quota for recruitment in the Army and instead carry it out with it on basis of merit.

Cooperation minister Capt Kanwaljit Singh said this while addressing a function organised by the district Sainik Welfare Board to mark the 36th anniversary of the India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war here today. At the outset, he paid floral tributes at the statue of Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, who was awarded Param Vir Chakra, posthumously, for his bravery.

The security services minister said at one point of time the state comprised 30 per cent of the Indian Army; however, the numbers were far reduced at the moment. Recruitment in the Army, in case carried out on pure merit, will witness a greater number of Punjabi youth making it to the defence services sector.

The minister said the Army was short of at least 18,000 officers, at the moment. He said he would be communicating this to the Centre seeking an improved salary structures, besides improvement in the related services for the defence personnel and their families.

He said the state was committed towards the upliftment of more than six lakh retired Army men and their families. The state government will be starting a special programme to train youth for the Army assignments, as jawans and even as officers. At least two training centres will commence next month in the state.

Wife of Malkiat Singh, who was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra, posthumously, for his bravery during the 1965 war, was honoured on the occasion.  



MC tussle
Sukhbir will deal with the issue: Badal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
SAD acting president Sukhbir Singh Badal will personally look into the crisis that has arisen in the local municipal corporation after senior councillor Simarjit Singh Bains leveled allegations against the commissioner a few days ago.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who was in the city yesterday, when questioned about the ongoing crisis said, “The matter pertaining to the local civic body rested with Sukhbir. He will soon deal with the issue.”

The controversy would finally be put to rest by the junior Badal, who would come to the city within a day or two; Bains had said this on Friday after returning from Chandigarh. The Chief Minister had called the party councillors and leaders for discussing the issue.

The Chief Minister had to rush to Chuharchak village in Moga on Friday to offer condolences to the families of those killed in an accident. The leaders sat with him for a few hours and then left without deliberating on the issue.

“Now everything depends on the Sukhbir’s visit. He was in Delhi yesterday. He will plan his visit after returning from there,” said Bains, who being a youth Akali leader is very close to Sukhbir.

He added that despite a lot of hue and cry he had not budged from his stand for an inquiry into the issue. ‘‘I told Badal sahib that I had just raised a voice against corruption while allotting projects to a builder, who was controversial as he had left many projects incomplete. Still he was being rewarded and the entire civic body was after me for raising such an issue. I have no problems against any specific persons but the officials who were hand in glove with the builder should also be punished,” he added.

Bains said. “‘What ever Sukhbir decides, I would accept it. I will not have any qualms on anything. Only thing is that the truth should prevail,” he added.

He added that the bureaucracy was stooping to ‘divide and rule’ policy in the city and the public representatives and officials standoff was being projected as intra-party issue.  



Paper on nasal bleeding gets gold medal
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 16
A presentation from the department of ENT at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on “Endoscopic Management of Nasal Bleeds” was awarded gold medal at the national annual conference of the Rhinology Society of India, which recently concluded at Allahabad.

In his presentation, Dr Manish Munjal, professor of ENT, elaborated that the thin lining of the nose had an intricate network of blood vessels underneath, which served to warm and wet the air breathed in so as to reduce the drying effect on the voice box, wind pipe and the lungs.

In children, the bleeding was the result of nasal drying but in the adults, it could be a warning sign of high blood pressure, he added. The nose might become dry in winters due to cold dry weather and in summers due to use of air conditioners.  



9-yr-old kidney patient needs help
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 16
Arshdeep (9), son of Jagtar Singh is suffering from a kidney failure. He is the only brother of four sisters. Resident of Bhammi Pura Kalan, in Jagraon subdivision, this child is presently being admitted to the PGI, Chandigarh, for kidney transplant. But for, Jagtar Singh, a farm worker, and his family, it is difficult to meet the huge expenses required for undergoing transplant.

In the otherwise dismal scenario, with chances of the kidney transplant for Arshdeep very bleak, the family sees a ray of hope in Naurang Singh Mangat, a volunteer of “Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram Trust”, who has taken upon himself to do everything possible to save this boy.

Having personally visited the child and his family, Dr Mangat told Ludhiana Tribune that the Trust, though having meager resources, was lending a helping hand towards treatment of Arshdeep. Few others like NRI’s Harpreet Singh Bhola from the USA (native of Chhajjewal village), Amarjit Singh from Canada (Bhammi Pura), Ajit Singh from Canada (Manuke) and Harbhajan Singh from Chhajjewal village had also joined in this noble cause.

Inspired by the efforts of the Trust and other good Samaritans, a few residents of Kaunke Kalan, Bhammi Pura and Manuke had also promised contribution for the kid’s treatment. However, in the wake of massive cost involved for the transplant and the follow up, Arshdeep needs more financial support.

Those willing to help Arshdeep or seeking more details about him can log on to www.apahajashram.org <http://www.apahajashram.org> or contact Dr Mangat (99152-88035), e-Mail nsmangat14@hotmail.com <mailto:nsmangat14@hotmail.com> or office@apahajashram.org <mailto:office@apahajashram.org>.  



PAU doctor to get Shri Hans Raj Pahwa Award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
Dr Ramesh Kumar Sadavarti, professor and head of the department of landscaping and floriculture, PAU, has been selected for Shri Hans Raj Pahwa Award-2007 in recognition of his contributions in the field of floriculture and landscaping.

Dr Sadavarti has consistently worked for the development of commercial floriculture in the state. He has made special efforts to facelift PAU campus through landscaping and initiated special drive for pre-plantation throughout the campus through celebrating ‘Van Mahotsava’ to give green and clean aesthetic look to the campus.

He has been associated with the release of three loose flower varieties of chrysanthemum (released at national level), six hybrids of chrysanthemum for pot and garden decoration. He has collected and evaluated varieties of chrysanthemum (275), rose (180), gerbera (6), tuberose (7), annuals (35) and dry flowers (6) for commercial trades. He served as a technical expert for evaluating research proposals of different SAUs, ICAR and CSIR institutes submitted for funding from the National Horticultural Board. 



Jagjit Singh breaks down during award cermony 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
It was a catharsis not only for Ludhianvis but also for renowned singer Jagjit Singh, who gracefully handled his breaking down to tears at mention of his son, who died long ago, on one hand and transcending human spirits to emotional bliss, on the other. The occasion was the live concert at Guru Nanak Bhavan on Saturday night under the aegis of the Harpal Tiwana Foundation.

The concert started on an emotional note when the winner of Star Voice of India, Ishmeet Singh, was awarded Vivek Singh Young Achiever Award. Ishmeet instantly went up to the dais and grabbed the mike. He could not utter a word for a while, “I don’t have word to say what it means to me to be awarded at hands of a living legend. With his blessings, I think I will definitely make a place for me in the world of music” said Ishmeet Singh. He walked up to Jagjit Singh and touched his feet. An emotional Jagjit touched his shoulders and embraced him. The maestro too was weeping.

The award started by Harpal Tiwana foundation in memory of Jagjit Singh’s son Vivek, who died in a road accident during early 1990s.

The singer started on an emotional note with, “Hazaron khwaishe aesi ki har khwaish pe dum nikley”. The singer broke the monotony of his singing with brief comic interludes to lighten the atmosphere. Slowly, he started another ghazals and had the audience once again wrapped in its emotional magic.

The singer and the audience braved a rather cold December night Jagjit Sing could not help but sneeze several times. The singer’s change of mood from the emotional to romantic was appreciated by the audience as was evident from a roaring response. ‘Tere bare mein Jab socha nahin tha mai Tanha tha magar itna nahin tha’ and “Hosh waalon ko kahhbar kya bekhudi kya cheez hai’ went down well with the audience.

He dedicated a song to the cough syrup he was carrying on the occasion. Holding the bottle in his hand, he sang ‘Meri ankhon ne chuna hai tujko duniya dekh ker’. much to the amusement of the public.’ After the ‘magic syrup’ trick, rendered a metaphor exclusively for the older lot. He said “Maashuk ka Bhuddapa lazzat dela reha hai, Angoor ka maza ab kishmish aa reha hai.”

Jagjit Singh had the audience mumbling along with him to certain numbers and the most appreciated number was ‘yeh daulat bhi le lo, yeh shauhrat bhi le lo”.

Much to the delight of the young enthusiasts who would not let the singer leave the stage, he rendered “”Dhai din na Jawani bin chaldi” to end the show. 



City all decked for Christmas
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
In wake of Christmas, the markets in the city are flooded with gift items, including masks of Santa Claus, Christmas trees, jingle bells, decorative hanging, stars and moon, cards, thermocol gifts etc these days. The residents, especially the Christian community is in a mood to have a swinging time on Christmas Eve.

Though the festival is few days away, the shopkeepers have already displayed a variety of articles and they are busy, as people have started with the purchases.

The shops are well stocked with requisite decorations in the areas like Ghumar Mandi, Dandi Swami, Model Town, Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, near CMC Hospital, and Chaura Bazaar. Prem Kumar, a shopkeeper in Ghumar Mandi, said Christmas articles were in demand by school students. “The schools have started celebrating the festival. The students come and take different items to decorate their classrooms. The trees and multi-coloured bells are the main attractions,” he said.

John Beena CK, a Keralite, who deals in hosiery business, said he celebrated the festival with Hindus and Sikh friends since last three decades. “Though I miss my home-town but people here celebrate the festival with same enthusiasm and spirit. The message of Christ is to love and respect each other”, he said.

Raju K.J, a resident of Jamalpur, said his family and friends start exchanging gifts in advance. “We have already purchased the gifts to be given to the loved ones. It is the feelings which matters and not the price of the gift. Cakes remain the main attraction. I have brought cashew nuts, walnuts, almonds and beer for making a variety of cakes. My two kids are busy preparing Christmas carols to be sung on December 25 at a family get-together”, he said.

Sujata, a student at CMC, said it was time to celebrate the end of the year and start of a new beginning, to greet the light of the new century and wish everyone a Mary X’mas. “We are away from our homes but majority of the students are Christians and it hardly makes any different as we celebrate the festival with same religious fervour”, she said. 



Ludhiana Calling
Radicals rebuffed

Ludhianvis said a strong “no” to the move by a few radical organisations that had given a call for a bandh on December 14 in protest against putting up a photograph of Jarnail Singh Bindranwale in the Golden Temple complex. Business was as usual during the “bandh” and efforts of a few supporters of these organisations to get shops and other commercial establishments in the city closed, were strongly rebuffed by the people.

Breather for GT Road

Some order seems to have been restored on the old G.T. Road from the Jagraon Bridge to Chand Cinema with the development of parking places and landscaping underneath the elevated road all through this stretch. As a large number of cars and two wheelers are parked inside the designated parking sites, flow of vehicular traffic has become smoother and traffic jams, a routine affair on this busy section, have become much fewer. It will come as a further relief for road users only if the authorities could do something about the nuisance created by three-wheelers and mini-buses on this section.

Admission fever

Parents of tiny tots are in the grip of “admission fever” these days. You go to any party or a get-together, parents, especially mothers, talk about the studies in schools, the strong and weak points of schools, their teachers, principals, criteria of getting admission etc. At a party, a friend told if her daughter got admission in a school of her choice, she will keep 16 fasts on Mondays! Surely, admission fever has gripped parents!

Daring for a cause!

The other day a truck was intercepted by a traffic constable after its driver jumped the red light at the Samrala Chowk. The truck driver seemed less interested when the dare devil posted him in front of the truck.

To the surprise of passers by, the truck driver put a hand in his pocket and shoved a note out of his window towards the cop and sped away.

Leaders yearn for arrest

During a bandh call given by the Shiv Sena (Hindustani) which had no response in Ludhiana, a few local leaders had reason to feel disappointed. The police did not make any preventive arrests. One such leader waited for police to arrest him till 10 a.m. and later called up a journalist to tell the police to get him arrested. The journalist was only amused at the reason cited by the politician, ‘‘Just a few hours in a lock up will make us a hero and the people will not forget us for at least few months.” 




Depression is probably the most prevalent disease in today’s hectic and stressful life. Strangely, the patient ignores it and does not take its treatment from a doctor. The reason is that firstly the patient doesn’t realise that he is suffering from a disease and secondly, the social stigma attached for getting treated from a psychiatrist.

Depression normally has serious consequences. The affected person losses interest in his work, starts behaving abnormally, gets disillusioned and may probably end up taking his life.

The reasons of depression may be varied. Failure of marriage, setback in personal relations, business losses, financial difficulties and job dissatisfaction are few of them.

It is the duty of the person’s immediate family to recognise any abnormal behaviour and immediately get him medically treated from a qualified psychiatrist.

Capt Rupinder Singh
Ahmedgarh Channa 



Former sarpanch, six others booked
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, December 16
The Sidhwan Bet police claimed to have recovered 200 bags containing 100 quintal of stolen rice from Tata 407 (No. PB-10U-9888) from Gorsian Kadar Baksh area while being taken for depot and arrested two of its occupants Kulwant Singh of Rauwal and Raju, a migrant laborer of Bihar.

The police registered a case under Sections 420, 457, 380 and 120B of the IPC and Section 7 of The EC Act against seven persons, including Haman Kumar, former sarpanch and congress leader of Sidhwan Bet. According to information, the rice bags were stolen from the government godown at Ajitwal.

However, after the recovery, the police arrested Haman Kumar, his brother Ajay Kumar, son Ankur, who is school going, Bagga Singh of Rauwal and Jagga Singh of Talwandi Malhian for their involvement in the offence.

The arrested have been sent to the police custody for two days.  



Craze for PAU kitchen garden kits
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
Big or small, maintenance of kitchen gardens have become latest craze among the city residents. Worried over intense spraying of pesticides on vegetables and fruits available in the market, health savvy locals, who can afford to have their own kitchen gardens, have started maintaining for the sake of eating fresh vegetables.

For supplying best quality seeds to farmers and residents, the vegetable department of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is also playing an important role.

Dr J.S. Kanwar, head, department of vegetable crops, said the university had developed a kitchen garden to show students how vegetables could be grown at home. “Basically it is serving a dual purpose”, he said adding that the department was also selling kitchen garden kits (both for winters and summers) and literature to people for growing vegetables, which are fresh and free from pest.

He added that last year the university had sold 45,000 kits, both for the winter as well as summer season. The department prepared 25,000 such kits in winters and 20,000 kitchen garden kits for summers. Still, the residents and farmers wanted more such kits. The cost of each kit was Rs 40.

Manju Gupta, a dietician, said people had become more aware about their diets. “Daily, we come across news reports in electronic media, how people are playing havoc with the lakhs of people by providing fruits and vegetables laced with artificial colour and freshness. We motivate people to eat fresh organic vegetables and fruits. Those, having enough land, have started maintaining their own kitchen gardens. They avoid buying vegetables from markets now”, she added.

These kitchen garden kits, available from PAU, include quality seeds of peas, radish, carrot, turnip, bottle-gourd, bitter gourd, spinach, coriander, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber etc. “One kit is enough for a land of 500 sq ft”, said Dr Kanwar adding that people were adopting this practice as hobby and it provided satisfaction to their aesthetic sense. 



From Schools
Science fest at Saraswati School
Tribune News Service

Tiny tots of Rising Star Play - Way School during a road show in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Tiny tots of Rising Star Play - Way School during a road show in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, December 16
Saraswati Modern School organised its annual science and art and craft exhibition fate here at Pratap Singh Wala Branch, Hambran Road. Harish Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary of Punjab, inaugurated the exhibition.

Kamla Jain, president, Neelambra Sharma, principal of Rajpura Road Branch and Priyanka Mehta welcomed the guests and showed them the exhibition.

Harish Ral Dhanda appreciated the efforts of students. He acknowledged the hard work put in by the students and teachers and applauded the growing scientific temperament in the children of the school who confidently presented the models they had prepared. The main attraction was the art and craft articles and the science models, especially the ones showing electricity from vegetables and fruits apart from biogas production.

He also inaugurated the cricket pitch and dedicated it to the young players of the school. He also met and congratulated junior and senior teams.

In art and craft, fabric painting, knitting, best out of waste, photo frames, flower-making, pot painting, paper mashing, glass painting, emboss painting were taught to the students in this session to different classes.

Besides this, different competitions were organised like painting, dance, vocal music and rangoli-making.

There were a variety of games for the entertainment of parents and the children. The exhibition was highly appreciated by the chief guest. He complemented the school authorities for teaching all these things as part of students’ education, which are career oriented in modern times.

Road show

Rising stars, the play way day-boarding school at Jassian Road, organised a road show to welcome Christmas and New Year.

The little ones were dressed as Santa Clause and fairies. They distributed sweets and gifts among the people.

The show started from Jassian Road and made his way to Tagore Nagar, Rishi Nagar and Tagore Nagar again. In the end, principal Sonia Sharma gave her message for the happy and prosperous New Year. 



Govt teachers to undergo training
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
An eight-day teachers’ training programme for government school teachers would be conducted in the 19 blocks of the district from December 24. This was disclosed by principal, Government In-service Training Centre (GITC), Gurdeep Kaur, here yesterday.

Gurdeep Kaur addressed the meeting of school principals, who had been made in charge of 32 centres, marked to monitor the teachers training programme. She asked the principals to ensure that each teacher of the blocks concerned and every school undergo the training programme. Dr Shashi Trehan explained about the topics, time-table, number of resource persons, development of TLM’s and content development etc. to the participants.

Gurdeep Kaur said the topics like child psychology, time-management, stress-management, and health education would be discussed during the programme. 



“Breastfeeding can check high mortality in babies”
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, December 16
The Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN - Asia) and the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) jointly hosted the fourth “South Asia Breastfeeding Partners Forum” in collaboration with the union ministry of women and child development, the Planning Commission of India and the UNICEF at New Delhi recently.

Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of paediatrics at ESIC Model Hospital here and a national trainer of “Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)” participated in the forum with full fellowship from the BPNI. The theme of the forum was “Save babies: Support Women to Breastfeed”. The participants included a large number of delegates from SAARC countries and different states of India.

In his presentation, Dr Gulati said it had been a popular understanding that breastfeeding rates will go up spontaneously or at the most, by putting across some messages. However, contrary to this notion, it had been proved beyond doubt that it required clearly defined activities, a plan and financial resources to achieve this outcome.

South Asia, a home to about 1.4 billion people, he stated, had the highest number of under-five years deaths and under-five children who were underweight. “Out of total of 146 million under-five underweight children, 70 million are in South Asia (UNICEF 2006), they are unlikely to achieve their full growth and potential development.”

Dr Gulati disclosed that in 2003 Lancet series on child survival showed that 13 to 15 percent of under-five deaths in resource-poor countries could be prevented through achievement of 90 percent coverage with exclusive breastfeeding alone. And additional 6 percent could be prevented with appropriate complementary feeding.

“Needless to say, doing this will substantially reduce burden on health systems to treat newborn infections and diarrhoea or respiratory infection; provided child health programmes lay a serious focus on preventive care approaches followed by the curative and treatment for those who need,” he added.

He stressed that a strong global campaign depended on consistent delivery of cohesive messaging. Each of the supporting messages developed to address these issues intentionally should include “support women to breastfeed”. 



Baba Lodhiana Academy lift kabaddi cup 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 16
Baba Lodhiana Academy, Parasrampur, overpowered Dasmesh Sports Academy, Nakodar, (42.5-32) to win the Canada-America Kabaddi Cup Tournament which concluded at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

The winners were leading by ten points (24-14) at half time. They received a cash prize of Rs one lakh.

Earlier in the semifinals, Dashmesh Sports Academy, Nakodar, pipped DAV Kabaddi Club, Jalandhar, (47- 39.5) while Baba Lodhiana Academy thrashed Tony Alankar Club, Kube, (47.5- 25) to set up the title clash.

Kuljeet Malsianwala of Dashmesh Sports Academy, Nakodar, was declared the best raider and Jasbir Shera of Baba Lodhiana Academy, Parasrampur, was named the best stopper.

Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, former union minister and president, Punjab Olympic Association, distributed the prizes. Manpreet Singh Badal, finance minister, Punjab, and other leaders were present at the prize distribution function. The famous Punjabi singer and actor, Gurdas Mann, entertained the spectators on the ocassion.



Residents clamber to get a glimpse of singer Gurdas Mann who performed on the concluding day of the Indo-American Canadian kabaddi tournament in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Residents clamber to get a glimpse of singer Gurdas Mann (above) who performed on the concluding day of the Indo-American Canadian kabaddi tournament in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photos by Sayeed Ahmed

Gurdas Mann’s
fans go berserk 

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, December 16
It was absolute chaos at Guru Nanak Stadium when Gurdas Mann, a leading Punjabi singer, entered the venue of the Kabaddi tournament, which concluded here today. The entire crowd scrambled for a vantage position before the temporary stage where the singer was scheduled to perform in the evening.

Gentle whispers started emanating around 4.30 pm that the singer had landed at the venue. The noise grew louder and soon scores of youth could be seen jumping over the fences. Bottles flew in the air and banged at different places. Audience climbed over the fences to reach near the stage.

The police had a tough time in managing the crowd. Himmat Singh, a resident of Baddowal, said, “The police should have been prepared for the show right from the morning. Don’t expect the crowd to show a docile behaviour when a singer of the standing of Gurdas Mann was performing. The organisers have failed miserably in handling the entire scene”.

Gurdas Mann’s performance started around 5.30 pm. True to his style, the singer began with a devotional song and the crowd began to settle down. 



Manchester United Cup
CFA, Mohun Bagan shown doors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 16
In turn of events, Chandigarh Football Academy and former champions and last year's runners-up Mohun Bagan were shown the doors in the Manchester United Premier Cup 2008 North-East Zone Qualifying Football Tournament (under-15) being played at Football Stadium, Sector 17, and the Punjab Engineering College grounds, hereyesterday.

While the other local outfit St Stephen’s Academy, Sector 45, reached the 

In a do-or-die battle between Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, Mizoram, and Chandigarh Football Academy in their last crucial group II fixture, the Mizoram team ousted the local team by 2-1. Mizoram team took lead in the 7th minute through Lal Chhuan. David Lal extended the lead to 2-0 in the 35th minute, whereas, Gagndeep reduced the margin in 36th minute. Though the local team put best of their efforts to level the score but in vain.

The other strong contender Mohun Bagan, too failed to qualify for the semi finals as the team drew the crucial match against Silchar

Football Club by 1-1. In the 27th minute, Jirthankar Sarkar drew the first blood, which was levelled by Pratim Deka through conversion. Thus, with one win and two draws Mohun Bagan dropped a vital point.

Now in the semi finals, East Bengal (Group I winners) will cross swords with Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan of Mizoram (Group II winners). 



Malwa School beat Sansarpur Academy 
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, December 16
Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, beat Thapar Academy, Sansarpur, 4-2 in a u-14 year’s match of the Punjab Hockey League for boys being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at Prithipal Singh Memorial Astroturf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

Thapar Academy lads went into a lead when Ajit Pandit converted a penalty corner in the third minute of the game. Ludhiana boys, after surviving some anxious moments and wasting a couple of scoring chances, restored parity in the 22nd minute through a penalty corner conversion by Bhupinder Singh.

Malwa Khalsa School players surged ahead in the 33rd minute as Prabhjot Singh sounded the board and two minutes later, Parminder Singh scored a field goal to read it (3-1).

With three minutes into the second half, Teerath Singh of Sansarpur Academy scored a fine field goal to reduce the margin, 3-2. Ludhiana lads scored the fourth goal in the 48th minute through Kulbir Singh which sealed Sansarpur lads’ fate (4-2).

In the second match (u-14), Grewal Academy, Kila Raipur, drew Khaira Academy, 2-2. All the goals came in the first session.

Grewal Academy earned lead in the 9th minute through a field goal scored by Hardeep Singh Singh. Khaira Academy levelled the score in the 20th minute through Suman Bhatti.

Hardeep Singh again struck in the 22nd minute to make it 2-1 while Suman found the target in the 35th minute to neutarlise the lead.

In a match (u-16), Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, defeated Thapar Academy, Sansarpur, 2-0.

After the barren first half, Gurpreet Singh successfully converted a penalty corner into a goal in the 50th minute while the second goal came off Akashdeep’s stick.

In the fourth match (u-16), Gurukul Mehta Academy, Doraha, outnumbered Muktsar (3-1) after leading 2-1 at half time.

Muktsar drew the first blood in the 8th minute through a penalty corner conversion by Navdeep Singh. Eleven minutes later, Mandeep Singh of Doraha converted a penalty corner to level the score one-all.

Sunil Kumar of Doraha added two goals (32nd and 44th minute) which steered his team to a well fought 3-1 victory.

The fifth match (u-16) played between Amritsar Sports Wing and Sangrur ended in a draw (2-2).

Ramandeep Singh put Sangrur into the lead in the third minute of the encounter while Gurjant Singh of Amritsar wing struck in the 15th minute to make one-all. Sangrur again surged ahead in the 40th minute through Devinder Singh and Amritsar restored parity in the 44th minute through Sher Singh (2-2).

In the last match of the day, Sports Authority of India (SAI), Patiala, outclassed Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar, 4-1 after leading by one goal at half time.

Jaspal Singh of Patiala opened the account in the fifth minute while Daljeet Singh struck in the 39th minute and Karamjeet Singh pumped in one in the 43rd minute to read it 3-0. Daljeet Singh added a goal in the 52nd minute to make it 4-0. The lone goal for the losers was scored by Tejinder Singh in the 58th minute. 



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