Eateries get a week’s time to clean up mess
P K Jaiswar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
The sanitary team of the health department today raided various shops and restaurants finding unsatisfactory hygienic conditions in these shops.

The team, led by sanitary inspector Govind Mehta, issued notices to these shops and asked them to improve the conditions within a week otherwise their shops would be challaned.

The shops which were raided include Mahajan Kulfi and Sweet Shop, Subhash Juice Bar and restaurant, Grover Bakery, Lassi shops opposite Regent theatre, Fish shops opposite Pink Plaza and Ramesh Milk Bar etc.

Sources in the department said the worst conditions were those of fish shops where the shopkeepers used to sell fried pale fishes.

They said the shopkeepers have assured them to take necessary steps to improve sanitary conditions and maintain cleanliness in their premises. They said the drive launched by the health department would continue and sanitary conditions would not be compromised in any condition.



Derecognition Axe
Staff crunch puts medical college in a fix
P K Jaiswar and Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, November 4
The government-run medical colleges in state faces a strange dilemma as the inability to fill up the vacant posts of associate and assistant professors, with the health department failing to relieve senior PCMS doctors to meet the shortage of the teaching faculty, are putting them in a tight spot.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has issued several directions to meet the norms, besides filling up the several posts lying vacant, to save the colleges from imminent de-recognition.

The MCI had made many visits to these medical colleges for on-the-spot inspection in view of several irregularities and shortfalls in the infrastructure equipment and shortage of teaching staff. But the department of medical education and research failed to meet the stringent requirements of MCI which had threatened to withdraw recognition, thereby jeopardising the career of hundreds of aspiring doctors studying in three medical colleges in the state.

Worried over the probability of de-recognition, the top functionaries of the medical colleges of Amritsar and Patiala, along with other key members, held a significant meeting with Rakesh Singh, principal secretary, medical education and research at Chandigarh to find a suitable way out to remove deficiencies pointed out by the council.

Rakesh Singh assured the delegation that he would personally take up the matter with the department of health and seek their immediate transfer to these colleges after procuring no-objection-certificates from their parent department.

Dr R P S Boparai, medical supterintendent of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, and member of the delegation, told The Tribune that about 95% deficiency in the teaching department would be fulfilled after the PCMS doctors appointed by the department would join as senior residents in the colleges. He said the remaining posts would be filled by re-appointing retried professors and added that the government was seriously considering giving this proposal a go ahead very soon. He said this entire process would be completed within the next two-three weeks which would help to meet the key requirements of the MCI.

He said the medical college has sent an ambitious project of Rs 150 crore for the upgradation of the medical college here which would help to meet all the other norms of the MCI.



Stage set for Durgiana committee poll
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
The stage is set for the election to the office-bearers of the managing committee of the historical Durgiana Temple as the management has asked the members to deposit the membership fee for making themselves eligible for contesting the elections and to cast their votes.

The present committee has directed all members to provide documentary proof of their present residential address by December 31 as most of the members have either changed their residences or shifted to some other cities.

The elections to the executive body of the Durgiana Managing Committee (DMC) would be held for the first time after 1998 as then governments have been nominating the members of their choice to the executive body.

From 1998 to 2002 Nand Lal was president of the DMC and after the formation of the Congress government Surinder Arjun was nominated as the acting president of the committee, besides nominating Rajinder Bhalla as general secretary.

Later, Arjun was removed from the post in March, 2006, and a new committee was formed under the leadership of Harnam Dass Arora.

There are 1,161 members registered with the committee but most of them have failed to deposit the membership fee in the past 10 years. Some of the members have even died and the committee does not have any record of them.

Harish Taneja, joint secretary of the DMC, talking to The Tribune said the present membership fee was Rs 60, which was likely to be increased to Rs 120 after the new committee took over.

He said the elections would be held soon after the committee was able to know the exact figure of the members.

He said the main aim of the elections was to bring transparency in the working of the DMC.

Sharma said those who failed to deposit the fee and relevant documents would not be allowed to caste their votes and decision to terminate their membership could be taken by the new office-bearers of the DMC.



Hi-tech trauma centre proposal okayed
P K Jaiswar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
The government of India has approved an ambitious Rs 150 crore project for setting up an ultramodern trauma centre and orthopaedic block at the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital (GNDH) here, besides upgrading its various departments. The proposal regarding this has been sent to the government and concerned authorities.

GNDH would be one of the six hospitals in the country where such centers would be set up under Prime Minister Swasthaya Surksha Yojna (PMSSY). Out of Rs 150 crore the central government would pool Rs 125 crore while the remaining amount would be put in by the state government. The other medical colleges and hospitals include the ones set up at Srinagar, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad and Himachal Pradesh.

An eight-member technical appraisal committee, which had visited the hospital recently to have first hand information about the location where the trauma centre and orthopaedic block would be established, has given its nod.

The committee members include Dr Vinayak M Prasad, director minister of health and family welfare, S Mazumdar, chief architect, office of director general health service, Dr R Chandrashekhra, senior architect and J K Chaudhary, consultant, ministry of health and family welfare, besides four senior doctors from PGI, Chandigarh, nominated by the government of India.

Confirming this, Dr R P S Boparai, medical superintendent, GNDH said the proposed trauma centre and orthopaedic block would be equipped with latest medical gadgets including world class operation theatre and advance surgery equipments, computerised navigational system and MRI etc.

The 250-bed and seven-storied hospital would also have the facility of a helipad at its roof top. The ambitious project would contain all types of trauma centres such as orthopaedic, surgical, neurology, plastic surgery and cardiothoracic, he added.

The medical superintendent said the orthopaedic block would also consist of three units besides physiotherapy and artificial limb centre. He said the proposal would now be sent to central government in this regard.



Soon: Mega serial on Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
Bollywood actor Raj Babbar’s ambitious Hindi serial on the life and achievements of legendary Maharaja Ranjit Singh, which would be telecast in 52 episodes on national hook-up in coming days, has been completed with the shooting at the historical Gobindgarh Fort, here today.

The main attraction of the serial for the people of the holy city would be that many actors and actresses including Arvinder Bhatti, Neeta Mohindera, Anita Devgan, Hardip Gill, Pawel Sandu, Rajvinder and Surjit Dhami hail from Amritsar.

It took more than four months to complete the shooting by the producers of the tele-serial Raj Babbar and his brother Kukku Babbar. The serial has been written by Raj Babbar himself by seeking help from Sikh historians.

The director of the serial is Chitrath of Mumbai while Daljit Singh of Door Darshan, Jalandhar is the executive director.

Most of the shooting of the serial has taken place in Amritsar and its adjoining areas. The holy city witnessed overall development during the Sikh rule established by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Amritsar was also a summer capital of the legendary Maharaja.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh, chief of the Sukkarchakkia misl, first occupied Lahore, the traditional capital of the Punjab, in 1799 and then declared himself Maharaja in 1801. He extended his hegemony to Amritsar in 1805 when he took over from his traditional rivals, the bhangi chiefs and took over the famous Zamzama gun.

The fort of the Ramgarhia misl was occupied in 1815 and with the possessions of Rani Sada Kaur of Kanhaiya misl and Fateh Singh Ahluwalia in Amritsar during the early 1820s, Ranjit Singh’s occupation of Amritsar was complete. He then constructed a double wall and a moat around the city with twelve gates and their corresponding bridges over the moat. Already in 1809 he had constructed the Gobindgarh Fort outside the Lahori Gate, complete with a formidable moat, three lines of defence and several bastions and emplacements for heavy guns. Amritsar, thus, had already become his second capital.

The city figures richly in the history of the Sikhs and many of their sacred shrines are found in and around the city.



Week on, cops fail to trace abducted woman
P K Jaiswar/TNS

Amritsar, November 4
Even as more than a week has passed, the Amritsar rural police have yet to trace a resident of Ballowali, Sarabjit Kaur, who was abducted by her husband and his relatives on way to court for a hearing in a divorce case in broad daylight.

Sarabjit’s mother, Savinder Kaur, lodged a complaint with the Mehta police that accused Sarvan Singh along with his brother Sukho and Hardeep Singh intercepted the motorcycle on which her daughter was going to court along with her nephew. They then bundled her into the car and fled away.

Sarabjit was married to Sarvan of village Cheema Khuddi in 1993.

However, their marital life was full of discord and couple’s divorce case is pending in the court of SDJM, Baba Bakala. DSP Harjit Singh Brar of special investigation team said raids are being conducted to trace the accused.

Any harm to Sarabjit would only diminish the chances of a reprieve to Sarvan, said the officer, adding that no stone would be left unturned to secure the safe release of the woman.



Tribune Impact
Surrogate liquor ad hoarding removed
P.K. Jaiswar/TNS

Amritsar, November 4
Acting swiftly on a report published in The Tribune yesterday regarding a hoarding of surrogate advertisement of a famous liquor brand put up at the Income Tax chowk, near the residence of the deputy commissioner here, showing scant regards to the norms of the ministry of health, the hoarding has been removed by the civic authorities here today.

The commissioner, municipal corporation, D.P.S. Kharbanda, immediately ordered the removal of the billboard and said he had directed the advertising department not to allow such hoardings with oblique publicity message for liquor and other banned items.



Success Story
City designer makes waves
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
Stuti Arora, a fashion designer, has made the city proud by carving a niche for herself in the fast changing fashion world by designing and producing exclusive dresses for top heroines including Bipasha Basu, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra and others in Bollywood.

After completing her studies from the local BBK DAV College for Women, she went to Mumbai to live with her brother who asked his friend Neeta Lulla, a well known designer, to get her trained. She said those two months were pivotal in determining her future and she never looked back since then.

Briefing about her brand name “S” to Amritsar Plus, she said she did not want to limit her brand to any particular word as it stands for simplicity, sensuality sensibility, solidarity, seduction, surety, subtleness and many such beautiful words. So she decided that it has to be universal but at the same time appealing to even the most stereotyped people.

Answering a query she said she selected the holy city of Amritsar as her base as she never wanted to do something which everyone had done by moving to bigger or metropolitan cities. She further said she travels to Delhi and Mumbai every month but she comes back as her roots lie here.

Arora said there was so much to be explored in north India such as Phulkari work which is across the world. She said her clientele include NRI diaspora who are already exposed to the best and it is very tough to please international customers in terms of quality and finishing as they are very demanding due to the standards already set for them internationally. She said most of the women preferred designer saris as they are stylish and at the same time the simplest form of dressing.

But she designed all sorts of garments - corsets, skirts, salwaar kameezes, lehngas, shararas, western-tunics, dresses, formal coats etc., she added.



45-day training course for defence aspirants
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
The Sainik Welfare Office here has started a 45-day vocational training course for the wards of the ex-servicemen, widows and civilians in army/navy/air force and paramilitary forces.

Stating this to the media, Col (retd) JDS Bhullar, district sainik welfare officer, said for NDA the basic qualification is plus 2 with maths and science and they should be born between January 2, 1991 and July 1, 1993. He said for those who wish to get training for IMA (through CDS) the basic qualification was graduation in any stream and should be born between January 2, 1986 and January 1, 1991.

Col Bhullar said those who want training in OTA (SSC course for men through CDS) the basic qualification was also graduation and should be born between January 2, 1985 and January 1, 1991.

He said the girls who want to train for the women’s special entry course the basic qualification was graduation and should be born between January 2, 1985 and January 1, 1991. He said examination to all these courses was scheduled to be held on February 19, 2009.

He said they were also offering training in vocational courses like Punjabi stenography courses and the duration of the course was one year. Candidates with 50 per cent marks in matriculation or plus 2 can join the course and there was no fee for the course.

He further said computer course (DCA and PGDCA) was also offered to those candidates who had passed plus 2 with aggregate 60 per cent marks or above. For PGDCA, graduation was a must and duration of both the courses was one year.



Jashan Manaiye Saare to raise voice against femicide
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
The shooting of Punjabi film “Jashan Manaiye Saare”, based on social evils like female feticide and dowry, is going on these days in the city.

According to film’s director, Mukesh Gautam, said the story depicts the agony of a woman who wants to give birth to a girl child. However, when her in-laws come to know about it, they feel dejected and want to kill the baby in the womb.

The shoot would be completed within 40 days and most of the scenes would be shot in Amritsar and its surrounding, said the director, adding that a song will be filmed in Himachal hills. He said through the film, which is being produced on no-profit-and-no-loss basis, they hoped to create a public movement by creating awareness against the social menace.

He said the declining female ratio was a major concern in Punjab.

Singer Lakhvinder Wadali and Harpreet Hanzra would play the lead role, while Guggu Gill and Richie Bawa would be seen in negative shade.



Eminent writer Kang’s demise mourned
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 4
Writers and various other literary persons mourned the death of Dr Kulbir Singh Kang (73), eminent writer, critic and Shiromani Sahitkar awardee, who passed away on November 1.

He was not keeping well from sometime. Dr Kang is survived by his wife and two sons. One is his son Dr Maninder Singh Kang is also a famous story writer.

Dr Kang, who wrote and edited many books, remained deeply associated with Punjabi literature. He was founder of “Lalit Nibandh”, a new way of writing in Punjabi literature. He had retired as professor and head of department of Punjabi from Barjindera College, Faridkot, in 1995.

Dr Kang was cremated at a crematorium near Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Shaheed, A large number of people from literary field and different walks of life were present on the occasion. Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, said Kang dedicated his whole life towards Punjabi language and literature. With his demise, a great void has been created in the Punjabi literary world, he added.

Meanwhile, various literary organizations, including Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Folklore research academy, Akhar Sahit Sangat, Sahit Vichar Kender and different theatre artists have also condoled the death of Dr Kang.



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