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Regional potpurri

  • Ludhiana dermatologist honoured in Paris

  • Govt surgeon serving Kandi people

  • Hi-tech invitation for marriage


Conductor kills roadways inspector
: A sub-inspector of roadways department Harbhajan Singh was killed by a conductor after an altercation over some issue here late last night. The police has arrested the accused Mukhtiar Singh, resident of Nave Naag village. According to sources, Mukhtiar hit Harbhajan with a brick on his head, killing him on the spot.

SAD (A) to fight 13 LS seats
: The SAD (A) will contest the 13 seats of the Lok Sabha in Punjab in the coming general elections. Talking to mediapersons here, state vice-president Dhyan Singh Mand said only the SAD (A) could provide the Third Front to people as it had the ideology to respect all religions irrespective of any caste and creed. Rejecting alliance with any other party, Dhyan Singh said his party would like to contest alone as it did not believe in any coalition government.

CM condemns Delhi blasts: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has condemned the serial blasts in Delhi and described these as work of cowards and anti-national people. In a statement here on Saturday, Badal asked people across the country to be united in their response to any challenge to peace and stability. Badal conveyed sympathies to members of the bereaved families and offered assistance to those injured.

Trains crush two: Two unidentified persons were crushed to death and one was critically injured in two separate incidents in the city in the last 24 hours. A man was crushed to death by Jan Shatabadi at Sodal level crossing, while his friend sustained critical injuries, early this morning. The duo was trying to cross the line when the incident took place. In a separate incident, a youth died after being hit by a train at a level crossing near DAV College on Saturday night.

Sodal mela: Thousands pay obeisance: During the ongoing Sodal mela, thousands of devotees paid obeisance at Sodal mandir here on Sunday. A number of societies held “jagratas” at different places in the city on Saturday night. A number of associations organised “chabeels” and “langars” for the devotees at different places on way to the temple.

Surprise check by cops
: In the wake of Saturday serial blasts in the Capital, SHO Raj Kumar, on the direction of the SSP, Shashi Prabha Dwivedi, conducted surprise checking at various public places, including bus stand, railway station and Sabzi Mandi here. Accompanied by a dog squad, the cops also checked belongings of passengers.

CM honours Esha: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal honoured the Boogie Woogie winner Esha Dang during a press conference at Circuit House, Patiala. He presented her a Nataraja trophy and also honoured her Guru Daisy Walia, principal of Physical College, Patiala. He lauded the efforts of Esha and congratulated her on her achievement.

Extension for DC: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced an extension of six months of service period for Patiala commissioner S.K. Ahluwalia on Sunday during Sangat Darshan at New Mehar Singh Colony, Tripuri, Patiala. Ahluwalia was supposed to retire on October 31.

4 youths booked for murder bid: The local police has booked five youths for an attempt to murder a student of Guru Nanak College here. The accused have been identified as Navdeep, Manni, Ganni, Monti and Shere. According to sources, they reportedly dragged Rajdeep Singh (18) out of a house in Subash Nagar locality where the later had gone to attend tuition classes and mercilessly thrashed him. The incident took place on Saturday evening. The victim was admitted to Phagwara civil hospital.

Booked for dowry: The police has booked Narinder Kaur’s husband and his parents for demanding dowry from her. Narinder, a resident of Pilkhani, complained to the police that her husband and in-laws were demanding a car as dowry and failing to fulfil their wish, she alleged that her husband tried to kill her by putting her on fire on Friday evening. A case in this connection has been registered at the Sadar police station.

Free medical camp: As many as 857 patients were examined by doctors from Fortis, Mohali, and Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, at a free multi-specialty medical camp, organised by a local NGO Umeed Foundation at Channo village, 40 km from here, on Sunday. Medicines were given free of cost. ECG and other tests were also done free of cost at the camp.



ELECTED: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Red Flower Residents Welfare Association, Sector 45-A for the year 2008-2009: chairman- R.C. Sharma; president- Gurbachan Singh; vice-president- Swaran Singh; general secretary- Ashok k. Ranga; cashier- Sanjay Sood and press secretary- Anil Kapoor.

EYE CHECK-UP CAMP: Grewal Eye Institute in association with the Homeopathic Medical College, Sector 26, conducted a free eye check-up camp for senior citizens in Chandigarh on Sunday. Over 250 elderly patients benefited from the free eye camp. A team of ophthalmologists from GEI, led by Dr S.P.S. Grewal conducted the camp.

Campus recruitment: The ICICI-Pru has selected 14 students from Chandigarh Business School, Landran, as wealth managers during a campus recruitment drive. The selection process included presentation by the company officials, followed by personal interview. Those selected would be getting an annual package of Rs 3.85 lakh. Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman, and Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal, president, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, said they hold a positive approach towards the placement of their students.


Draft plan: The Draft Development Plan for the controlled areas around Yamunanagar and Jagadhri cities has been notified to ensure planned development of these cities. A spokesman for the town and country planning department, Haryana, said the draft plan had been prepared keeping in view the development of industries and tourism in the cities. The plan had been published and people were advised not to raise illegal construction without seeking prior permission.

Polio drops: As many as 8.50 lakh children under five-year-old were administered polio drops in eight districts of the state, including Ambala, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panchkula, Panipat, Rohtak, Sonepat and Yamunanagar. Health minister of the state Kartar Devi said this drive would continue for two more days in these districts.

12,000 bulbs replaced  with CFLs: Navyug Nirman, an NGO, owned by Kunal Bhadoo, son-in-law of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has set a record of replacing over 12,000 incandescent bulbs with CFLs in 70 villages of Fatehabad district in the past nine months. Addressing residents of Dharnia village, Bhadoo said the drive to save power launched by the NGO had started showing results. He said the NGO would organise a blood donation and medical camp on the Chief Minister’s birthday on Monday.

Candlelight procession: The National Integrated Forum of Artists and Activists here on Sunday organised candlelight procession to pay homage to the victims of Delhi serial bomb blast and condemn the acts of terror. A large number of people from different sections of society participated in the march.

President elected: Founder president of the Senior Citizens Forum Jagjit Singh Virk has been unanimously elected as the president for the next two years in an election held here on Sunday. Returning officer Amar Nath Lallar said Virk, who was elected as the president for the consecutive 14th year, was authorised to nominate other office-bearers of the forum.

Narcotics dealer held: The district police has arrested a narcotics dealer from Pehowa, 20 km from here, under the Narcotic Drugs Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act for allegedly possessing charas. Stating this here on Sunday, a police spokesperson said the arrested man had been identified as Subhash Chand of Jadaula, Kaithal.

Hindi Diwas: To mark the Hindi and Shikshak Samman Diwas, members of the Lions Club and other distinguished citizens participated in a function organised in the Lions Bhawan here on Sunday. Aarti Prakash, wife of the deputy commissioner, was the chief guest on the occasion. As many as nine prominent colleges and school teachers were honoured on the occasion.

Man run over by train: A middle-aged person, Jai Vir Singh (50), of Kaluwas village, near here, was reportedly run over by a train on the Rewari-Hisar track here on Sunday. The incident took place when he was crossing the track. The Government Railway Police, which held inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, has treated it as a case of an accidental death.

2 booked for cheating: The Kosli police has booked Pushpa Devi, sarpanch of the panchayat of Nehrugarh village, and her father-in-law Chhelu Ram on a charge of cheating. According to sources, one Jagmal Singh and his wife Savitri, both disabled, reportedly failed to get their pension for the month of October, 2007, from the sarpanch even after repeated requests. Later, they approached the departmental authorities who revealed that the pension disbursement record submitted by the sarpanch clearly showed that the pension had been duly distributed to them.


Hike in salaries demanded : The part-time water carriers’ association has pressed upon the state government to increase their salaries to Rs 3,000 per month. At its meeting held here on Sunday under the chairmanship of district secretary Ramesh Chand, the association alleged step-motherly treatment being meted out to their category. He also charged the government with discrimination made with regard to their salaries.

Cricket tourney: The local Ram Lila Club would be organising Dussehra Cricket Tourney from September 19 to October 7 at Chamba. According to Dinesh Mahajan, secretary of the club, the entry fee for the tournament is Rs 1,000 each team. The last date for the entry is September 18.

Temple construction: As many as 30 women of the local Shiva Kirtan Mandali have contributed their services to the Swami Harigiri Trust in the construction of its temple by levelling land on its premises at Kakira, about 70 km from here. The huge edifice of the temple was being constructed with marble with an outlay of over Rs 1 crore, trust sources said.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the state body of the PWD Electrical Workers union in an election meeting held at Shahpur on Saturday: president- Anil Sharma; senior vice-president- Pratap Thakur; general secretary- Ramesh Tanwar; chief adviser- Ramesh Kumar; press secretary- Roop Singh Thakur; and organising secretay- Amrit Lal.

PCC secretary: The District Congress Committee (DCC) and its frontal organisations, including the Youth Congress, Mahila Congress, NSUI and Sewa Dal, have welcomed the induction of Sanjay Awasthi in the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) as secretary. DCC members Hem Raj Thakur and Punam Grover, while welcoming the appointment, said it would help strengthen the organisation as Awasthi had risen from the grassroot level and had significantly worked in the NSUI, district and state youth congress as well as the DCC.

Charas seized: The Sundernagar police arrested two persons at a naka on National Highway 21 and recovered 3 kg of charas from them on Sunday morning. A Tempo trax came from Mandi side in which two persons were sitting. On search, charas was seized from the bag. The police registered a case under Section 20 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and arrested the accused, identified as Balbinder Gupta and Fateh Singh. The police also impounded the vehicle in which the accused were travelling.


Probe demanded
: The United Sikh Council has demanded Interpol investigation into the mysterious death of Ishmeet Singh, winner of Voice of India, 2008. The council on Sunday held a protest rally, which started from Mela Singh Ashram, Digiana, and culminated at Gandhi Chowk, Satwari. Addressing the gathering, Kuldeep Singh, convener of the council, demanded the issuance of a red corner notice against the suspects in the case.

Havan for peace: Kashmiri Pandits of Anantnag observed ' Anant Chutrdashi' by organising a havan at Anant Bhawan Nagabal shrine on Sunday. A large number of Kashmiri Pandits from different parts of Anantnag district and Jammu attended the havan held for peace in the world as general and Jammu and Kashmir in particular. A resolution was also passed on the occasion of Balidaan Divas which coincided with the Anantnag yatra on Sunday, paying rich tributes to the martyrs. A satsang was also organised on this occasion.

SPO dies in mishap: SPO Pardeep Kumar (45) died after receiving an electric shock at his home in Samba district of the state on Sunday. In another incident, one unidentified body was recovered from the Ranbir Canal in Nehalika area of Bari Brahmana area of Jammu district on Sunday.

Inquiry ordered: The police on Sunday ordered an inquiry into the beating up of a lawyer by the CRPF at Amira Kadal near here on Saturday. A police press note issued here said, the police ordered an inquiry after a complaint that a lawyer Sheikh Sajad Ahmad was beaten up in Amirakadal area. However, it did not mention who would conduct the inquiry. Lawyers in the Kashmir valley boycotted courts and protested against the beating up of some lawyers by the CRPF near lower court complex without any provocation. Later, hundreds of lawyers, including Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoum and general secretary Shaheen staged a dharna in the court complex.

Villager killed in mishap: One Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, a villager, has slipped to death from a walnut tree in north Kashmir. He was plucking walnuts from a tree when he suddenly slipped and fell down. He was immediately rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead. Incidents of falling from walnut trees have increased in recent times in the valley as people often pluck walnuts. About 12 persons have been so far admitted to different hospitals in such cases.

Plebiscite Front leader dead: Senior advocate and Plebiscite Front leader Abdul Rashid Shah passed away here on Saturday. Shah (73) was closely associated with Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah during the Plebiscite Movement in the valley. He, however, became the acting-general secretary of the movement after the Plebiscite Front was banned and all its top leaders were arrested in the 60s. Shah, a supporter of right to self-determination, refused to be part of the 1975 Sheikh-Indira Accord when the Plebiscite Front was dissolved and Sheikh Abdullah became the Chief Minister of the state with the support of the Congress.

French trekker dead: A French trekker died while trekking at Nun peak in Kargil district of Ladakh region in the state, official sources said on Sunday. They said Veyrat Jerome died while climbing the peak on August 31, a delayed report said here. The cause of his death was not known. His body was recovered by a team of RIMO expedition Leh on Saturday. The body is being taken to the French Embassy, Delhi.

NLIM to come up in Sopore: A first of its kind national-level Institute of Management (NLIM) in Northern India would be constructed at Tulibul, Sopore, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir. The centrally sponsored institute would provide all kinds of facilities of management courses. Presently, this kind of institutes is functional in Hyderabad, Kolkata and Allahabad.

Interviews rescheduled: The administration has decided to reschedule the interview for the posts of district programme manager, official sources said. Without giving any reason for the postponement of the interview, earlier scheduled for tomorrow, they said the interview would now be held on September 19 in the office of DC, Bandipora. The sources said there was apprehension that Monday would be strike in protest against alleged CRPF and the police atrocities on peaceful processionists in the valley.

Old couple dies: An elderly couple died due to heavy rains and hailstorm in the frontier district of Kupwara, a police spokesperson said on Sunday. He said the police recovered the bodies of a 70-year-old Mir Gul Khan and his wife Jameelab (65) residents of Siranoo Rajouri from Suriya Bahak Bunges Nowgam in Handwara. He said they had gone for grazing their cattle in meadows and died probably due to heavy rains and hailstorm.

Regional potpurri

Ludhiana dermatologist honoured in Paris

Dr Gutinderjit Singh is honoured by Dr Antony in Paris
Dr Gutinderjit Singh is honoured by Dr Antony in Paris

Dr Gurinderjit Singh, Ludhiana- based chief dermatologist, cutaneous and laser surgeon, was honoured in Paris recently by Dr Antony, head of the research unit of Saint Louis Hospital, France, for contribution to cosmetic dermatology in India.

Dr Gurinderjit is first dermato-surgeon of north India, who started hair transplant in 1988 and established the Department of Dermato-venereology and Hair Transplant at Mohan Dai Oswal Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation, Ludhiana. He started follicular transplant technique in 1998, when he became life member of the American Society for dermatologic Surgery.

The latest technique of hair transplant is popular among the elite since it gives natural look. Recently, he started performing biofibre implantation on the bald persons , who do not have adequate donor hair for transplant. The technique is very popular among adults, seeking instant results.

Dr Gurinderjit has conducted workshops on hair transplant at leading institutions, including Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi and PSG Hospital, Coimbatore. He is on the editorial board of the Indian Journal of Dermato-surgery and founder- member of the Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India. He has been also elected president of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL).

Govt surgeon serving Kandi people

Dr Balbir Kumar (left) performs surgery at civil hospital Garhshankar
Dr Balbir Kumar (left) performs surgery at civil hospital Garhshankar

Dr Balbir Kumar, a surgeon at civil hospital, Garhshanker, has been serving people of the backward Kandi area. It is a boon for people of the area otherwise they have to spend hefty amounts on surgeries from private sector hospitals in big cities.

Dr Kumar, MS(ortho), joined civil hospital, Garhshanker in September 2002 and has been serving people with missionary spirit. He has performed several major surgeries, including that of partial hip replacement, knee surgeries, surgeries done using Smith Peterson method and anterior transposition of ulnar nerve etc.

" A number of surgeries could be termed rare. As these are performed in a civil hospital in a nondescript town , it is a rarity too", says Dr Kumar, adding he has been getting job satisfaction by serving people. His efforts would help restore faith of the common man in the healthcare facilities provided by the government.

On the rare surgeries performed recently Dr Kumar said an iron string penetrated the left leg of Honey (15) of Hazipur village while he was swinging. The string was was taken out after 90- minute operation without the facility of CR technology in the hospital in May this year. Similary, a hip joint anterior surgery was done on Kesar Singh of Kukkar Mazara village , who was brought to the hospital after an accident in August this year. The hip joint of Kesar Singh was dislocated and head of femur fractured. In 2005, rare surgery was performed on Ravinder Singh of Bhagwain village . The ulnar nerve of his left arm had got a cut and there was gap of 3 cms between ends of the ulnar nerve.

Hi-tech invitation for marriage

Liza Mehta of Sirsa and Abhishek Sachdeva of Fatehabad, tied knot on September 4, making their marriage a 'hi- tech' affair.

Abhishek, son of a progressive farmer of Fatehabad, is software engineer in the USA.

Bride Liza Mehta is an architect whose father too is a farmer and businessman of Sirsa.

Invitees to the marriage ceremony found a compact disc with state-of-the-art invitation card.

Apart from information on the ceremonies to be performed, there was request to the guests to log on the couple's website www.lizaabhishek.com.

Inner pages of the website had information on the ceremonies and the couple’s request to keep visiting the site for up- to- date information .

The site was divided into the homepage, stories, poll, scrapbook, programme at Sirsa, programme at Fatehabad, photo album, RSVP, contact numbers, mailing lists and quiz.

In the poll, the couple has asked where should it go for the honeymoon and have given options of Las Vegas, Australia, Mauritius and a Cruise.

In the quiz section the couple has asked where did they go for first date. Four options are given for the answer .

Besides providing low-down on music, cocktail and dinner on September 3, at Sirsa and Fatehabad, ‘ghurchari’ and departure of baraat on September 4 from Fatehabad and its reception at Sirsa and lastly reception at Fatehabad on September 5, the website also presents photo gallery of the couple on ring ceremony and engagement.

Captions of photographs carry explanation of ceremonies of Punjabi marriage like 'Roka ceremony' -reserving the boy for the girl. As one scans the website, melodious rendition of songs in a female voice keeps one involved.

"Being a software engineer , Liza and I thought of doing something different for our marriage and I constructed this website after having inputs from the families," says Abhishek.

In the compact disc accompanying the card, the couple has given its favourite songs.

Contributed by Sanjeev Singh Bariana, Parmod Bharati and Sushil Manav

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