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New dimension to heart surgery
Punjab fineds mention in the Limca Book of World Records-2008 for open heart surgery with minimal invasive technique using mobile cardiac catheterisation laboratory having been done in the state for the first time .


Seminar on Bt cotton on Feb 26:
The Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative (IFFCO) will be organising a seminar on Bt cotton at village Mahnikhera near here on February 26, senior area manager, Amarjeet Singh informed. Muktsar DC Rajat Aggarwal will be the chief guest while chief agriculture officer Darshan Singh and the deputy registrar of the Cooperative Department Raj Kumar Gautam will be the guests of honour. PAU experts, Dr G.S. Rumana and Dr Amarjeet Singh Sandhu, will lecture on Bt cotton crop.

Health camp held: The patients, who were examined during the medical camp organised under the aegis of the Amogh Division of the Army in the border village Tootwala on Sunday, were found suffering from skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal and worm infections besides anaemia. A team of six doctors, including a gynaecologist from the Army Medical Corps and the health department besides paramedical staff provided services. An official spokesman said the camp was aimed at identifying the health-related problems of ex-servicemen, senior citizens and children in the border belt besides bringing awareness among them on ecological environment and hygiene.

Deputy mayor’s wife, daughter die in accident:
The wife and daughter of senior deputy mayor of the city were killed when the car in which they were sitting fell into a gorge at Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. The relatives of deputy mayor Ajaybir Singh Randhawa confirmed the death of his wife Mandeep Kaur and daughter Anhad (7). They said the incident happened when Randhwa came out of his car at a site along with his son to take photographs while his wife and daughter were still sitting in it. However, he forgot to apply the hand brake as a result of which the vehicle rolled down a gorge. Mandeep and Anhad died on the spot.

Talk on Punjabi language: The scholars have expressed concern over the threat to Punjabi language from various quarters. Speaking at a seminar, held at Dr Kartar Singh Duggal Auditorium, on the second day of the Amritsar Heritage Festival, former vice-chancellor Dr S.P. Singh called for collective efforts from the state government, NGOs and people to promote the language.

150 students take admission tests:
Over 150 students appeared in the written tests for the admissions to classes I to VIII at the Lord Rama Public School here on Sunday. The tests consisted of questions from English, Maths and Science. Principal of the school Suraj Setia said the tests aimed at instilling confidence among students, adding that the results of the tests would be out on March 17.

School function: The Imperial Public School, Muktsar, organised the 8th Annual Prize Distribution Function on February 15. Principal J.S. Anand, MG DAV College, Bathinda, presided over the function. The versatile students satirised social evils like female foeticide, illiteracy and superstitions through their mind blowing performance. Among the notable performances were solo dance, choreography and others. Everybody present there appreciated the fabulous performance of the students.

Extension lecture: An extension lecture on "Let us make the best use of it" was organised at the Dasmesh Girls College of Education, Badal recently. Dr Dev Raj Vij mesmerised the students with his interesting and inspirational lecture. He interacted with students and teachers and held them spellbound with his unique Urdu couplets. He exhorted the students to make the best use of the available opportunities. He further said that instead of blaming the present circumstances one should have a proactive approach to set things right. Principal S.S. Sangha thanked Dr Vij and presented a memento on behalf of management.

‘Fulfil promises made to ETT teachers’
: Patiala MP Preneet Kaur today demanded the SAD-BJP government should abide by the promise made to ETT teachers that they would be taken out of the purview of the zila parishads and nagar councils and governed again by the State Education department. In a statement here, Preneet Kaur said it was unfortunate that teachers were forced to agitate for their demands despite having been given  assurances in this  regard by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as well as Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Free medical camp held
: As many as 993 patients were examined for various ailments in a free camp organised by the Kota International Sainik Farm, New Delhi, at Karam Chand Ahluwalia Trust Shiv Mandir, Kala Barka, here today. Out of the patients, 611 were examined for eye ailments by a team of doctors from Guru Nanak Mission, Jalandhar, out of which 85 patients were suggested to undergo operation. A spokesperson said the operations would be conducted at the mission hospital free of cost.

Sheila’s effigy burnt
: The activists of the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) burnt the effigy of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit here on Sunday in protest against her statement against the outfit during her recent visit to Jalandhar. The activists led by party’s state co-convener Jagdish Kataria raised slogans against Sheila Dikshit, they burnt her effigy at the chowk.

Harsimrat’s grant for college
: Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of the deputy chief minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed concern over social issues such as female foeticide, dowry system and other social evils. Addressing the convocation at the SD Kanya Maha Vidyalya in Mansa, she announced a Rs five lakh grant for the college from the quota of the deputy chief minister. She distributed graduation degrees to the students and the girl sportspersons were also honoured on the occasion. She exhorted the girls to be self-confident and lead the uneducated women in the right direction. College principal Darshan Sharma read out the annual report of the college.

Manipuri dance
: Manipuri dance, organised by Spic Macay, was held at JMK School here today. The programme started with the performance of Padamshri Raj Kumar Singhjitsingh and Charusiza Mathurtheelegent followed by a basant rasleela presented by Charusiza and Nanditadevi. The highlight of the show was Pungcholam dance. Spic Macay president Prof Manu Sharma, principal Ravneet Kaur Maini and many music dance lovers were present on the occasion.

Tarn Taran
Parmar resumes charge
: Surinder Pal Singh Parmar resumed the charge of the SSP here today. He succeeded Harinder Singh Chahal. The district police head held a meeting with all the SPs, DSPs and SHOs and collected information regarding the law and order situation in this district. The SSP instructed the SHOs to redress the genuine grievances of the people without delay. Talking to mediapersons, Parmar appealed the right thinking people to cooperate with the police to curb the drug menace and handle anti-social elements with iron hands.

PSEB to release tubewell connections
:All prospective consumers who had been issued demand notices for release of AP Tubewell connections under OYT scheme and required balance material to complete the pending work, should contact concerned sub-divisions for deposit of cost of various items. This was stated by Harinder Singh Brar, chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). The connections will be released on first-come first-served basis.



Police transfers
: The Haryana government has issued posting and transfer orders of four IPS officers and one Haryana Police Service officer with immediate effect. Sanjay Kumar has been posted as Superintendent of Police, Palwal, in place of Sandeep Khirwal, who has been posted as Superintendent of Police, Crime. Raj Pal Singh, Superintendent of Police, Commando, Newal (Karnal), has been given additional charge as Commandant, 1st IRB, Bhondsi. Bijender Singh, HPS, under transfer as Additional Superintendent of Police, Panipat, has been posted as SP, Crime, Faridabad, relieving Charu Bali, Additional Inspector General (Administration), of this additional charge.

Health camp
: A health check-up camp and health talk was organised for residents of Sector 3, 5 and 6 at Sector 5 Community Centre here on Sunday. More than 250 residents were given consultation by specialist doctors. The camp was organised by Columbia Asia Hospital, Palam Vihar, in association with the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs).

3 held for murder
: The police on Sunday arrested three persons, including a woman of Pansara, who had allegedly murdered a 27-year-old woman nearly two months ago here. The arrested have been identified as Balbir, Satpal and Vijay Kumari. SP Vikas Arora said the three accused had allegedly involved the deceased, Reshma, in the flesh trade. Later, after some dispute, the three allegedly strangled Reshma and dumped her body in the fields near plywood factory in Tajakpur village.



Camp organised
: The Rajiv Gandhi Congress Party Panchayati Raj Sangthan organised a day-long training camp for its activists and panchayati raj leaders on Sunday. It was presided over by state chairman of the sangthan and former industries minister Ranjit Singh Varma. Around 300 panchayat leaders drawn from all over the district attended the camp which was addressed by over 20 leaders, including sangthan district president and former MLA Baburam Gauttam, former MLAs Biroo Ram Kishore, Tilak Raj Sharma, state secretary Hoshiar Singh Thakur etc.

Baba Balak Nath fair: The Baba Balak Nath fair would begin at Shah Talai in this district from March 13 and would till April 13. This was stated by local Gehadwin MLA and former Co-operatives Minister Rikhi Ram Kaundal while presiding over a meeting of the Mela Management Committee at Shah Talai on Saturday. The police and home guards would be put on 24-hour duty for safety and security of the visitors. He urged the district officers to maintain uninterrupted drinking water and power supply and also to start special buses to Deot Sidh from Shah Talai during the fair.

Annual day of school: “It is very unfortunate that today there are very few leaders whom we can believe and who are trustworthy, as most of them are those who should not have occupied the places which they presently adore.” This was stated by Brigadier (retd) Dr Raghwa Nand Sharma while addressing the annual day function of Glory Public School here on Sunday. He said nothing was more essential than preparing the next generation to meet the challenges of their time in future. He distributed prizes to those who excelled in various activities and a colourful programme was also presented on the occasion.

Mystery shrouds death  of brothers
: Mystery shrouds the death of two children who allegedly consumed poison and later died at the Dr RP Government Medical College, Tanda, near here on Sunday. Their mother rushed them to the hospital from Jaisinghpur in a critical condition, the police said. Kangra district police chief Atul Fulzele said the deceased have been identified as Rahul (9) and Rohit (11), residents of Jiasinghpur. He said Seema Devi, mother of the deceased, revealed that her sons had consumed biscuits, which resulted into their death. The bodies have been sent for a postmortem.

Three killed
: All three occupants died on spot when the Maruti car (HP-11-2687) in which they were travelling fell into a khad, near Khanog, near Rampur last night. The deceased were on their way from Nither to Nankheri when the mishap took place. The victims were identified as Sudesh and Dinanath, both residents of Faha village (Arki) and Yog Raj of Gahar.

90 donate blood: Around 90 persons donated blood at a camp organised by the Voice of Himachal (VoH), a voluntary organisation. The camp was held in collaboration with the Umang Foundation and the Youth for Enlightening the Society. Beside local youth, a number of tourists also donated blood at the camp. A slogan writing competition on the theme of voluntary blood donation was also organised on the occasion. A unique online campaign to register blood donors in the state was also launched. Those interested in donating blood could provide their contact details along with the blood group at www.himvani.com.


Regional potpourri
New dimension to heart surgery

Dr Harinder Singh Bedi
Dr Harinder Singh Bedi

Punjab fineds mention in the Limca Book of World Records-2008 for open heart surgery with minimal invasive technique using mobile cardiac catheterisation laboratory having been done in the state for the first time.

A girl with major heart defect required long cut in chest. The parents and the patient were aware of the urgent need of surgery but scar on chest was their concern. Dr Harinder Singh Bedi, chairman, Cardiac Sciences, Ludhiana,suggested new technique which requires very small cut on the right side under the right breast, which on healing becomes invisible. But some parts of the vascular system are relatively not visible making it difficult to insert tubes for the operation. Dr Bedi said these structures could be seen using mobile catheterisation laboratory that can be wheeled into the operating theatre. By using it all tubes were put in by percutaneous technique with no cuts in the body — only needle holes, which heal leaving no scar.

The small cut leads to rapid recovery.

During the procedure, no major artery or vein had to be cut or repaired. The heart was approached by a three-inch incision in the side of the chest. The open heart surgery was done and a large hole in heart repaired. The patient recovered and was fit for discharge on the second day of operation.

Dr Bedi said young women do not go for surgery fearing scars after operation and the disease progresses.Then risk of surgery rises. Incidence of congenital heart disease and of rheumatic heart disease in young women is quite high. Dr Bedi said: “Today patients, especially young women, are very conscious of appearance,especially young women who do not want unsightly scar to be seen. Of the 25 lakh heart valve patients in India majority are young women who would benefit from this technique. This technique is also useful for patients of valve repair or replacement.”

With this technique surgery is not postponed. Besides beauty angle Dr Bedi explained with this technique recovery is much faster, blood usage is less and hospital stay shorter (three/four days).

The Limca Board and its doctors examined the technique before declaring it world’s first. Dr Bedi is world record holder for two techniques in 2000- first beating heart surgery and transplanting hand artery to leg to save it from gangrene. Both these techniques are being used all over the world - the beating heart technique was used recently for our PM’s surgery.

Dr Bedi will join CMC, Ludhiana as Head, Department of Cardiac Surgery, on February 26.

Sanjeev Singh Bariana


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