Erring X-ray Centres
Bring guilty to book, DC told
P.K. Jaiswar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
Tightening the noose around the erring X-ray centres which have not been complying with the norms of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has directed the deputy commissioner, the commissioner of the municipal corporation and the civil surgeon to look into the matter and take the necessary action.

Earlier this month, the AERB had given a month’s time to all erring X-ray centres in the holy city to adhere to the norms and remove the shortcomings detected by the team of scientific officers who had visited the city on November 12 last year or be ready for action.

The board authorities said if the centres failed to take appropriate steps, the necessary regulatory action would be initiated by the competent authority under the relevant provisions of the Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules, 2004.

It is pertinent to mention here that the AERB team had found the conditions at the centres unsatisfactory as these were running without approved layout plans as per the requirement of the safety code of medical diagnostic X-ray equipment and installations.

The area of the X-ray room was not according to the guidelines of the board, besides it did not have any lead lining.

The Supreme Court, in order to check the mushrooming of X-ray and scanning centres in the country, had issued directions for the setting up of the Directorate of Radiation Safety (DRS) in every state. However, only Kerala had set up the DRS till now, while the other states had failed to do so.



Walking to fight breast cancer 
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
An awareness rally “walk for life” was organised in the holy city today to create awareness among the general public regarding breast cancer.

The rally was organised by the MKC Roko Cancer Charitable Trust, an NGO, in association with the Amritsar unit of the Indian Medical Association, Guru Nanak Dev University, the Rotary Club, the Chief Khalsa Dewan Educational Society and the BBK DAV College. The rally started from GND University and after passing through Khalsa College, Putligarh, railway station, Income Tax Chowk, Mall Road and Lawrence Road, it culminated at the BBK DAV College for Women.

Hundreds of students from various educational institutes, donning pink caps and white T-shirts with the slogan “roko cancer”, participated in the rally.

Lauding the role of the trust in creating awareness among the masses regarding the disease, Dr Pushpinder Kaur exhorted the girl students to work towards educating rural women about the benefits of early detection of breast cancer. She said with the proper treatment and medicines, the disease could be controlled very effectively and the patient suffering from the disease could lead a normal life.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rajinder Pal Singh Chawla said free mammography tests had been conducted during various camps held in Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa and screening was conducted of 35,000 women. He said out of these, 530 women were found suffering from the disease. He said according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organisation, approximately 80,000 women were affected by the diseases per year in India and out of these, 30,000 women died without any knowledge of the fact that they suffered from it.

Meanwhile, a free medical camp was organised at the BBK DAV College for Women where mammography tests were conducted on about 40 women. College principal Neelam Kamra also spoke on the occasion.



Growing conflict between patients, doctors
IMA to hold panel discussion 
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
Concerned over the growing conflict between the patients and doctors, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) would organise a panel discussion on ‘Has the doctor changed or is he facing a changed society” during the two-day 61st annual conference “Pimacon-2009” here from January 31.

More than 1,000 doctors from all over Punjab and various specialties are likely to participate in the two-day conference to be organised by local chapter of the IMA at Guru Nanak Dev University complex. The conference would be inaugurated by Dr Ashok Adhao. Eminent doctors from AIIMS, PGI and other renowned medical institutions of the country would be delivering special talks on their selected fields. They would exchange the latest views and technological changes in the field of medical sciences.

Addressing the media here today, Dr Amrik Singh Arora, IMA Punjab, informed that eminent persons from the society including social workers, advocate and representatives from the media besides the senior and young doctors would discuss the problems being faced by the medical fraternity.

Emphasis would also be laid on introspection and shortcomings in the day-to-day working of a medical professional, he added. Dr Arora said a seminar on the female foeticide would also be organised on the first day and Harsimrat Kaur, wife of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, and chief executive Nanhi Chhan, would be the chief guest. She would be presenting the views of the general public besides highlighting the importance of women in society.



Amritsar DC to get NREGA award
Ashok Sethi

Amritsar, January 30
The Government of India has selected Amritsar Deputy Commissioner K.S. Pannu for Excellence Award in NREGA administration as per a communiqué received from New Delhi. In a press release issued here today, the award would be given to the DC on February 2 at Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi, in a special session in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

According to the information received by the district administration, the communiqué has stated that Amritsar was the only district in Punjab, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, which has been selected for the award.

The Government of India constituted an expert committee to examine the nominations for the award with the help of National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad and after due consideration the ministry has decided to present the award to Amritsar district in Punjab.

The NREGA scheme was started in Amritsar from the financial year 2007-08 and during last year, a total of Rs1,466.93 lakh was received for the purpose of development, out of which Rs1,086.84 lakh was utilised. The district had issued 24,322 job cards to poor villagers and generated work of 7.35 lakh person days. Village ponds were desilted and retaining walls with screening chambers were built around the village ponds. This not only helped in village sanitation but also in removal of encroachments from the village water bodies.

During current year, a total of Rs 1,011.13 lakh was received out of which Rs 723.73 lakh has already been utilised. 



Tributes paid to freedom fighters
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, January 30
Rich tributes were paid to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, along with freedom fighters, who sacrificed their lives during the independence movement at an impressive commemoration ceremony held at Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial here today.

Deputy Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu exhorted the public to follow the path of nonviolence espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and urged them to champion the cause of society and cleans the nation of social evils which have dogged he country.

He said the people who have gone astray should return back to the mainstream of the country and solve their problems through dialogue and adopting the democratic channels.

Pannu said that we must live up to the glorious ideals of our great freedom fighters who had laid down their lives to give us freedom. He said that we must fulfil the dreams of great leaders of the country. Earlier a police posse presented reversed their arms to pay homage to the martyrs on the occasion. Among those who attended the ceremony include Commissioner Municipal Corporation DPS Kharbanda, Additional Deputy Commissioner Paramjit Singh and members of the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial Trust and Nehru Yuva Kendra.



Documentary on works of Bhagat Puran Singh
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala released a documentary on the life and works of Bhagat Puran Singh, renowned social worker and founder of the All India Pingalwara Charitable Society (AIPCS), here on Thursday.

The 45-minute documentary named “A Selfless Life” was jointly produced by Canada-based NRIs Jasbir Singh Hanspal and Joginder Singh Kalsi.

Barnala said he had the opportunity to come personally in touch with Bhagat, who left lasting impression on his personality. He said life of the noted social worker was worth emulation in the present materialistic society. He recalled that Bhagat personally used to apply medicines on wounds of injured, administer medicines to sick and took care of mentally challenged.

His personal care established rapport between the sick and him which was rare to be seen.

He appreciated filming the selfless story of Bhagat and securing it in CDs and added that it would ensure constant inspiration for posterity.

Devoted to the relatively unknown yet remarkably selfless life and work of Bhagat, who dedicated his entire life serving sick, weak and destitute, the documentary has been made available in Punjabi and English languages. 



Kalpana Chawla award for Manveen Sandhu

Amritsar, January 30
Amritsar-based Gurmeet Bawa and veteran film actress Jatinder Kaur would be among the nine women who would be honoured with Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards for Women 2009, instituted by Punjab Engineering College Chandigarh Old Boys Association.

Late Manveen Sandhu, former principal of Spring Dale Senior School and founder of Punarjyot, has also been nominated for this award for promotion of art, culture and education. This is for the first time that the award is being given posthumously. Her daughter Kirat Sandhu would be receiving the award, which would be given by Kalpana Chawla’s father Banarsi Lal Chawla at the sixth Annual Function at PGI auditorium in Chandigarh on February 1. — TNS



AVM: Ban free foreign study tours by leaders
P.K. Jaiswar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
The foreign and study tours by various MLAs, chairmen of various departments and ministers on government expenses during the previous Congress regime yielded no result. This is outcome of the information received under the RTI Act by the Amritsar Vikas Manch (AVM), which has sought immediate ban on such tours.

In a communique to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, patron of the manch Prof Mohan Singh said according to information they received under the RTI Act, during the previous Congress regime about 80 MLAs and Congress leaders visited many countries for “study tour” from May, 2005, to August, 2005, at government expenses of more than Rs 86.50 lakh.

However, the authority concerned failed to provide any information regarding what benefit the state had from these tours and what these leaders observed and reported about their visits to these countries.

Giving details, Prof Mohan Singh said according to information provided by the under secretary, Punjab Vidhan Sabha, a 29-member delegation of Congress MLAs and leaders visited France, Switzerland, UK, Italy, etc, from July 8 to 25, 2005, while about 25 MLAs and leaders went to Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore on a study tour from July 24 to August 9, 2005.

Interestingly, about 25 MLAs had visited Pakistan on “study and peace” tour from May 21 to May 30, 2005. The government borne an expenditure of Rs 82.47 lakh and Rs 4.34 lakh, respectively, on these tour.

The AVM patron said the city of Golden Temple, which has an important and prominent place in would tourism map, lack very basic amenities, including clean drinking water and sewerage system, besides the state of education and health facilities was also dismal.

He pointed out that there was no need of such tours. The MLAs and leaders of the state were very rich and themselves could afford these tours.

If they wanted to go on study tours they could bear the expenditure themselves rather than wasting the precious public money and causing loss to state exchequer.



UP govt’s step to promote Punjabi welcomed
]Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
The Punjabi Writers Cooperative Society (PWCS) has urged the Punjab government to grant scholarships to brilliant students of Punjabi on the line of Uttar Pradesh government. The demand has been made in a letter by society president Dr Bikram Singh Ghuman and managing director Dr Charanjit Singh Gumtala to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and education minister Dr Upinderjit Kaur.

They welcomed the moves by Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati to promote the Punjabi language. They said Punjabi had been given the status of second language, besides pledging financial help to the Uttar Pradesh Punjabi Sahit Akademy and Rs 3,000 scholarship for students of class I to class XII for securing 60 per cent marks in the subject.

They were of the view that the Punjab government must approach other state governments in the country to promote the Punjabi language since a sizable population of Punjabis was residing there.



Campus Buzz
IBM Daksh recruits 11 GND varsity students 
Tribune Reporters

Amritsar, January 30
IBM Daksh, a multinational company, has recruited 11 students of Guru Nanak Dev University out of 14 through joint campus recruitment conducted on the university campus here today. The students have been offered a salary package of Rs 1.80 lakh per annum plus incentives. Students of the graduate and postgraduate courses of various colleges from Amritsar and surrounding regions also participated in the recruitment drive.

Dr Sukhdev Singh, director placement of the university, said 11 students from the streams social science, MBA, MCA, LLB and MSc Electronics were selected while one each was selected from Khalsa College, the SR Government College for Women, Amritsar, and APJ College, Jalandhar. All the selected students would join the jobs after completion of their degree courses in June 2009.

The director said till now a total of 389 students of the 2009 batch had been placed, while 10 more companies had confirmed their visit to the university for placements.

Research projects

The Research Advisory Committee of Guru Nanak Dev University has sanctioned three major research projects on competitive basis to four scientists of the university during its meeting here today. Vice-chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh headed the meeting.

Research director Dr S.S. Chahal said Dr A.K. Thukral and Dr Renu Bhardwaj of the department of botanical and environmental sciences had been sanctioned a major research project on “Chelate-mediate heavy metal uptake and antioxidative defence system of Brassica Juncia” while Dr H.S. Gujral from the department of food science and technology had been sanctioned the project of “Processing of barley into functional foods” and Dr Amritpal Kaur from the department of library and information science would research on “University investment in the library: What is the return?”

Dr Chahal said the research grant would be made available to these scientists out of the corpus fund created by the university for research work.

French team visit

A three-member French delegation, led by Philip Martinet, counsellor for cultural and cooperation in the French Embassy, along with Olivier Duchatelle, Attaché, University and Scientific Cooperation and Isabelle Normand, director Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh, today visited the Guru Nanak University campus. He called on vice-chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh and discussed several issues for building up better ties with the university. The VC highlighted the various achievements of the university and the delegates discussed several points relating to the building up of better ties with the university and also to explore the possibilities for scholarships and incentives for meritorious Indian services choosing France as destination of higher education.


A seminar on “Punjabi Sahit:Vibhin Paripekh” was organised by the Post Graduate Department of Punjabi, Khalsa College to discuss the various aspects of the language. Dr Sukhdev Singh Khehra from Punjabi Department, Guru Nanak Dev University, in his keynote address said a new approach to the study of Punjabi was needed.

He said in foreign countries like British Columbia, Punjabi has been granted status equal to other languages which is not so in India. However there was no market survey for languages in our country, he rued.

Dr Labh Singh Kheeva of Guru Gobind Singh College, Chandigarh encouraged the students of Punjabi by saying that they should not be under any inferiority complex.

Basketball court

Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Minister of Health and Family Planning, Governement of Punjab, would inaugurate the new basketball court at DAV International School on February 1. A play “Bandar Se Sikandar” would also be presented.



Basant Panchmi: Students enjoy a kite fight
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
Students and staff members of Jagat Jyoti Model High School organised a function on the eve of Basant Panchmi here today.

The students and staff dressed in the varied shades of yellow participated in yellow-kite flying competition to mark the festival of spring. They also offered prayers to Sarasvati, the goddess of learning, besides organising giddha and bhangra.

Basant Panchmi has a specific meaning. Basant means spring, whereas Panchami means the fifth day. Basant Panchmi generally falls in the month of January-February. The festival is celebrated with full vivacity and festivity to mark the end of the winters and is celebrated allover India. People wear yellow clothes, offer yellow flowers in worship and put a yellow turmeric tilak on their forehead. The yellow flowers of mustard crop cover the entire field in such a way that it seems as if gold is spread over the land glittering with the rays of the sun.

Speaking on the occasion vice-principal Sumeet Puri said such functions should be organised in every school so that students could know the significance of such festivals. He said such functions help the students to know about their culture and heritage and also exhorted the students to follow the path of truth.



Youth fest: District admn earns sports minister’s pat

Amritsar, January 30
Union minister for youth affairs and sports Dr M.S. Gill and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan director-general Dr Shakeel Ahmad Khan have appreciated the district administration for successfully holding the 14th National Youth Festival from January 12 to 16. Dr Gill, in his letter to deputy commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu, said the administration and its staff had made excellent arrangements for the festival.

Dr Ahmad said the tireless efforts and hard work put in by the administration had made the festival, which was held for the first time in the state, a success. He said the festival held in the holy city had set a benchmark for the future youth festivals.

It is pertinent to mention here that about 4,000 youth participants from all over the country, competed in 18 cultural items. Even these teams performed at various locations in the city, besides many villages. — TNS



KSC to hold protest on February 5
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 30
The Kisan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) has announced to organise a protest in front of the offices of the SDM (I and II) in favour of their demands here on February 5.

Farmer leader Harjit Singh Jhite said despite numerous representations, the state government had not abrogated cases registered during the protests against farmers. He alleged all cases registered against the farmers participating in the struggle to achieve the demands of farmers were fake. He demanded that the loans of farmers and labourers should be waived off and in future they should be issued loans at a 4 per cent interest rate.

He sought Rs 1,400 per quintal as the minimum support price for wheat.



Woman fired at by relative
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, January 30
Kabul Singh, a resident of Dubli village, 25 km from here, has been booked for firing four rounds at his relative Ninder Kaur from his licensed rifle last night.

Police sources said here today that the woman, however, managed to escape unhurt. A case under sections 336 and 506 of the IPC has been registered by the Patti police against him.

The victim in her statement to the police alleged that Kabul Singh had been terrorising her for the past some time. Last night he opened fire at her to terrorise her.



HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Letters | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |