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  • Surgical intention


Father, son on remand: The Sriganganagar police on Saturday arrested one Kamaljit Singh and his father Mangal Singh under various sections of the IPC. The parents of a minor girl in 12 Z village had alleged that Kamaljit had allured the girl and raped her while she was being held captive at Fatuhi village. A court at Sriganganagar remanded the father to judicial custody for 14 days and sent Kamaljit on three-day police remand.

Camp: The Physically Handicapped Association held a state-level suvidha camp for the disabled at Sant Namdev Kanya Maha Vidalya on Sunday. Various social organisations of the town helped the association in organising this camp. More than 1000 physically challenged people attended this camp.

: The Bathinda Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Association will organise the general body meeting of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab on Monday at Hotel Sepal, Bathinda. The meeting shall be graced by the members of Association from all over the Punjab, including two members from the UNO regarding promotion of the world tourism.

Accident: A cyclist, Raja Singh (35), was killed in an accident after being hit by a bus on Bathinda-Goniana road near Daan Singh Wala village, here today. The body was later sent to the hospital for postmortem.

Office-bearers elected: A district-level meeting of computer teachers held here on Sunday elected Amritpal Garg as district president; Jagmeet Kaur and Labh Singh as vice-presidents, Jafferdeen Khan as general secretary, Harjeet Singh as cashier and Rajesh Sharma as joint cashier.

Rally organised: The city unit of the CPI (ML) on Sunday held a rally near the Baghwala Gurudwara against the rising prices of essential commodities. Addressing the rally, leader of the Radical Peoples Forum, Jaspal Singh, stressed upon the need for strengthening the public distribution system.


Relay fast: The relay fast by the members of Pind Wasao Society of Punjab Capital Project against the failure of the Chandigarh to rehabilitate uprooted persons of the city entered the 12th on Sunday. In fact, secretary of the local unit of the CPI, Devi Dayal Sharma and Rahubir Singh Sandhu and Sant Singh of the UT Subordinate Services Federation have extended support to the agitation.

Car stolen: Manohar Lal of Phase IX has complained to the police that his car was stolen from outside his house on Saturday night. According to the complaint received by the police, his white Indica was parked outside his house in Phase IX and when the family woke up in the morning, it was missing. The police has registered a complaint.

Physiotherapy centre: An advanced physiotherapy centre to meet the needs of physiotherapy and orthopedic healthcare segment started functioning at Ivy Health Mall on Sunday. Announcing the beginning of the ultramodern Chestha Physiotherapy Centre at Ivy Hospital, Sector 71, CEO of Ivy Health Mall Gurtej Singh announced that the center was first of its kind in the city to have experienced, postgraduate staff and latest techniques to cater to patients with physiological and orthopedic disorders.

4 booked for clash: The police booked four persons for a clash that took place at Shalimar Enclave on Saturday evening. Complainants Sarabjit Singh and Amrit of Chandigarh told the police that they were constructing their booth in the enclave when colonisers Prem Chand Singla, Harinder Saini, Joga Singh and Bhushan and another six unidentified persons attacked them over the ownership of the property. The accused have been booked.


Meeting: Residents of Sector 9, Ambala, in a meeting on Sunday, expressed great concern over the enhancement enforced by the HUDA. Recently, the estate office had issued notices to the residents of this sector to deposit enhancement at the rate of Rs 640 per sq metre. The residents decided to form a committee to fight against the dictatorial attitude of the HUDA and meet local MLA Venod Sharma in this regard.

500 donate blood: Five hundred members of the Haryana Transport Cooperative Welfare Society donated blood on Saturday to express their gratitude towards Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda who had accepted their demands. The society organised a blood donation camp at Panchayat Bhawan in Ambala city. Commissioner of state transport department Saroj Siwach inaugurated the camp.

Punjabi dharamshala: Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) supremo and former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala inaugurated Punjabi dharamshala constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore by the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Samarak Samiti on the southern bank of Sannihit Sarover here on Sunday. Chautala said the Punjabi community had contributed a lot to the development of Haryana.


Eye check-up camp: Doctors from Palampur Rotary Eye Hospital operated upon 120 patients at a two-day camp at Una. Director of the hospital Shiv Kumar Sharma said all operations were conducted free of cost. Around 500 more patients were provided free medication at the camp.

Durga Ashtami celebrated: Over 50,000 devotees paid obeisance at Baba Balak Nath temple at Garkhal near Kasauli to mark Durga Ashtami on Sunday. Devotees reached the temple situated on a hillock barefooted to seek the blessings. Every year devotees from all over part of the country and abroad visit the temple. A big langar was also organised.

Boy commits suicide:
Nitin Tomar (22), a BEd student studying in Shimla, committed suicide at his home in Ram Kundi Mohalla here by hanging himself from the fan on Sunday. He was rushed to the Nahan district hospital where he was declared dead. The body was handed over to the family after a post-mortem examination.

Body found: The police has found the body of a woman in the Giri river in Rampur Ghat village under Paonta subdivision. The woman is about 48 years of age. Police sources said the woman is not a resident of the Paonta area and efforts were on to identify her.

5 die in mishaps: Five persons, including a child, were killed in two road accidents in Shimla district on Sunday. While four persons were killed when a Maruti car (HP 31-4261) fell into a khad near Negoli, around 120 km from here, three-year-old Ankit was crushed to death under a pickup vehicle at Mashobra. Driver of the vehicle (HP 03-2199) Sanjeev has been arrested.

Water costlier: The rates of water supplied by the IPH Department to various local bodies, including the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC), have gone up by 10 per cent from April 1. The rate would now be Rs 13.31 instead of Rs 12.10 per 1,000 litres, while for the SMC and Solan local bodies it would be Rs 9.68 instead of Rs 8.80 per 1,000 litres, he added.


Revenue officer arrested
: The state vigilance organisation (SVO) arrested a revenue officer, while accepting bribe from a villager in Rajouri district on Sunday. A team led by H.K. Nazir, a senior SVO official, arrested Ramesh Chader, while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 from one Jai Lal for clearing a file pertaining to his land in Sunderbandi area of Rajouri district.

Major tragedy averted: A major tragedy was averted on Sunday with the timely detection of a live grenade by security forces at a border hamlet in this district here, official sources said. The bomb disposal squad (BDS) of the police recovered and defused the grenade, after some villagers informed them about the explosive lying in a field at Ashrava village in Kanachak belt.

Rs 100-cr loan target: The Jammu and Kashmir State Co-operative Bank (JKSCB) has set a target of Rs 100 crore to give as an advance loan in various sectors of the economy, particularly the agriculture sector in the state, during this fiscal. Chairman Abdul Haq Khan said the bank had increased its customer base to 25 lakh. He said they would raise the number of branches in the state to 217 to meet their target.

Suicide bid by BSF jawan: A Border Security Force (BSF) constable posted in Baramulla district allegedly attempted suicide by shooting himself on Sunday, a police spokesman said. Constable Sanjay Nikam of the 68th Battalion shot himself with his service rifle, while on guard duty inside a camp in Gulmarg hill resort last night. Nikam was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition. The police has registered a case and started investigations.

Rocket shells seized: In a major seizure, security forces recovered a large haul of rocket shells and grenades from a militant hideout in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police spokesman said on Sunday. The police recovered 20 live rocket shells, 21 hand grenades and 720 rounds of AK assault ammunition from a hideout at Kralpora-Maliyal forest in Kupwara district last night.

Hizbul militant held: One militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit was arrested by the Doda police on Sunday. According to police sources, a team of the Doda police conducted a raid near Gandoh and arrested Mohammed Ismail, alias Qari Usman. The arrested militant was active for the past two years and was involved in militancy-related incidents.


Regional potpourri

Brush with courage

Ludhiana-based Gagandeep Singh with his collection of computer-generated paintings
Ludhiana-based Gagandeep Singh with his collection of computer-generated paintings.

Life's challenges have failed to dampen 21-year-old Gagandeep Singh's spirit and this cerebral palsy (CP)-afflicted boy is all set to turn his hobby of painting into a profession.

Gagan, who was unable to even hold a computer mouse a few months ago, today proudly displays the paintings and greeting cards he has made on his monitor.

It all began when someone commented on his weak hand function. Taking it as a challenge, despite all the odds he faced, he became computer literate. And in the past four-five months, he has held small exhibitions of his paintings and earned some Rs 5,000 so far, he says proudly. The movie ‘Taare Zameen Par,’ says Gagan, inspired him further.

"Given his condition, his physical mobility is restricted and he has weak eyesight. But I am proud today that my son has managed all this in such short time," says his mother Jaswinder Kaur.

After going through a rough patch in the initial 14 years, he started going to Ashirwad North India Cerebral Palsy Organisation, where he learnt to read and write. “He was 14 when we admitted him to the school. For us, it was a big relief when we could see our son read and write," says Kaur.

On his future plans, Gagan says : "I want to start my own art centre. I want to stand on my own feet and help other children too."

Surgical intention

The newly elected president of the Northern Chapter of the Association of Surgeons of India (NCASI), Dr R.K.Karwasra (second from left), during a joint conference at the PGIMS, Rohtak
The newly elected president of the Northern Chapter of the Association of Surgeons of India (NCASI), Dr R.K.Karwasra (second from left), during a joint conference at the PGIMS, Rohtak.

After a long gap of nearly 10 years, a joint conference of the Northern Chapter of the Association of Surgeons of India (NCASI) and the Association of Surgeons of Haryana (AOSH) was held on the premises of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) at Rohtak recently.

The Department of Surgery at the PGIMS organised the conference, which comprised didactic lectures by experts, audio-visual demonstration of advanced surgical technologies and a live telecast from the operation theatre.

A hands-on training workshop on basic skills of open as well as video-assisted surgeries for young surgeons was another significant feature of the event.

“The underlying idea of the conference was to provide an opportunity to the young surgeons to interact with experts and senior consultants in the field and to have an exposure of the latest surgical methods and techniques,” said Dr R.K.Karwasra, head of the Department of Surgery at PGIMS.

At a general body meeting of the NCASI held on the concluding day of the conference, Dr Karwasra was unanimously elected president of the NCASI.

Various academic activities like orations, symposia, guest lectures, surgical quiz, etc were organised. Dr R.K. Keshwani, a former head of the surgery department at the PGIMS, was the organising chairman of the event.

The PGIMS director, Prof S.S.Sangwan, was the chief guest at the inaugural session.

Contributed by Shveta Pathak and Sunit Dhawan

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