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Rly station spruced up for GM’s visit
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, March 24
The railway station here is being decked up for the scheduled visit of the general manager of the Northern Railway, Vivek Sahay, here today.

Sahay is coming for an inspection of Amritsar, Beas, Jalandhar and Ludhiana railway stations tomorrow.

Though the general manager, including principal heads of commercial operations, civil and personnel departments from New Delhi, as well as senior officials from divisional railway headquarters at Ferozepur, will stay at the railway station for about 55 minutes, renovation work was being carried out in order to give a facelift to the railway premises.

Visitors were amused seeing the entire complex transformed and cleaned up.

In particular, the platform number one with all administrative offices, waiting and retiring rooms, cloak room, cafeteria and the parcel office had a neat appearance for storage of luggage were freshly laid out.

According to the local officials, the general manager inspect the infrastructure and other facilities at the railway station. The departmental heads would also check the working of commercial operations, civil and personnel departments, interact with staff members and go through the records of their respective departments also.

Although the railway officials here did not comment about it, several pending projects for infrastructure development and extension of facilities to the passengers at the railway station might also come under discussion during the visit.


Boy rescued from atop flyover after 4 hours
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
A 14-year-old boy was rescued amid chaos by the police here today. The incident took place this afternoon when the boy got stuck in a gap between the flyover and a pillar when he tried to catch a pigeon.

It was after four hours of gruelling efforts that the police team led by Pardeep Kumar, SHO, Dhandri Kalan, managed to rescue him.

There was a huge traffic jam on either side of the NH-1 due to the rescue operation.

The boy has been identified as Rattan, an orphan, who had come from Uttar Pradesh in search of a job.

According to the police, the boy was hungry and was searching for food. His brother asked him to kill a pigeon for food. Rattan managed to climb the pillar that supported the flyover. Just as he was about to nab the pigeon, migrants under the flyover took him to be a thief and starting pelting him with stones. He got frightened and slipped from the wedge dividing the pillar.

Hundreds of people gathered under the bridge to see the rescue operation and long queues of vehicles could be seen for kilometres.

“It was tough to disperse the onlookers. We tried to win the confidence of the boy, but he was reluctant to cooperate,” Pardeep Kumar said.

The fire department was requested to rescue the boy, but even fire officials could not reach were the boy was stuck.

Finally, a policeman tied ladders and managed to rescue the boy.



Proclaimed offender held
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 24
The police has arrested a proclaimed offender who, along with his parents, was booked under Sections 498-B, 406 and 120-B of the IPC and the Dowry Act about a year ago.

Om Parkash, alias Toni, and his parents had been booked for allegedly harassing his wife Rekha Rani Arora for bringing insufficient dowry.

He was arrested from Malerkotla while he was trying to leave the area.

According to the FIR, Rekha married Toni of Nau Shehara a few years ago. Things went smoothly for some time, after which Toni and his parents started harassing her for more dowry.

The police had booked Toni, his father Mangat Rai and some other members of his family. Though the other accused had been arrested and released on bail, Toni had been evading arrest. Consequently, he was declared proclaimed offender some months ago.



2 doctors booked for death by negligence
Our Correspondent

Raikot, March 24
Two doctors were today booked for a death reportedly caused by negligence. A male nurse and a female nurse of the hospital have also been booked under the same charges.

Jagdev Singh of Aitiana village has accused Dr AK Banergee and his wife Dr Madhumita, male nurse Ravinder Singh and his wife, nurse Harpal Kaur, of causing death of his wife Balwinder Kaur at the time of delivery.

She died while she was being operated upon. In his complaint, her husband stated that after admitting his wife, the doctors administered some drips and left the hospital. In the evening, the nurses, along with some students, started “experimenting” on his wife and caused the death of the foetus and the woman.

Later, the doctors came and asked her family to take the body home, but they refused and protested against the negligence.

Dr Banergee, however, stated that the family of the deceased brought her late to hospital as the foetus had already died two days ago. He said the reports of the civil hospital clearly indicated the death of the foetus and he, too, had refused to admit her.

On their insistence, he admitted the patient and explained them the low chances of her survival. They agreed to take a chance.

The police has taken him and Ravinder Singh in custody for further investigation. Gurdial Singh, SHO, said they were taking care not to violate Supreme Court directions in such cases.

DSP Narinder Pal Singh Ruby said at present, they had booked the four under Section 304-A, IPC, and after the postmortem report, additional sections might be added.



SHO suspended for misleading EC
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, March 24
The SHO of Humbran, Rachpal Singh, has been suspended for providing false information to the Election Commission.

The SSP (Ludhiana Rural), Gurpreet Singh, yesterday suspended him for concealing the fact that a criminal case was pending against him. The EC had sought information from SSPs of Punjab regarding criminal cases pending against SHOs serving under them.

While giving his status, SHO Rachpal Singh gave a no-case pending status to the SSP, who forwarded the reports to the EC.

When Rachpal Singh was the SHO of Dehlon in 2004, a detainee Harsewak Singh had committed suicide in police custody. On the complaint of the relatives of the victim, a case under Section 306, IPC, was registered against Rachpal Singh and two others for abetting suicide.

When a relative of Harsewak Singh complained regarding the misinformation provided by Rachpal Singh, the EC again sought information from the SSP, Jagraon, who immediately suspended him.

The SSP, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, said Rachpal Singh had been suspended as per the directions of the EC and further directions from the EC were awaited for the appointment of a new SHO for Humbran. A departmental inquiry had also been initiated in this regard.

However, Rachpal Singh, when contacted, said though he was booked on charges of abetment to suicide, he was given a clean chit by higher police officials in their inquiry. He said the matter was pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He refused to comment on the police action against him.



Cases of mobile hacking
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Cases of mobile hacking have surfaced recently and have been on the increase. With easy accessibility of various softwares and chips, cyber crime, including mobile hacking, is on the rise.

Amit Syal, a subscriber of a private cellular company, said his mobile was hacked and international calls were made through his phone. “International calls were made between 10 pm and 3 am to numbers not known to me. All calls were made to the same number and the duration of all calls was 29.47 minutes,” he said.

Another subscriber, Ritu Gogia, said she had moved from pillar to post to know the details of the international calls made from her cellphone but to no avail. “Suddenly, one day, outgoing calls were barred and when I contacted customer care, I came to know that I had reached my credit limit as some international calls were made from my number,” she said.

Sukhchain Singh, SSP, said till date, only one case of cyber crime had been registered with them. “No mobile hacking case has been registered so far,” he added.

What a hacker can do

n Steal your number: Your phone number can be accessed and obtained by cellphone hacking. This allows them to make calls and have those charged to your account.
n Take information: Mobile hacking allows a hacker to contact your cellphone without your knowledge and to download addresses and other information you might have on your phone.



One killed as boiler explodes
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 24
Two youngsters today got severe burn injuries when the boiler of factory exploded here today. The incident occurred in AP refinery unit manufacturing refined oil at Tappar village near Sidhwan Bet. 

Around 10 labourers were working when at about 10 am the tank of the broiler exploded and inflicted serious injuries on Ashraf (22) and Mohammad Shahid (25)of Saharanpur in UP.

The guard of the factory, Angerej Singh, took them to the local civil hospital where Shahid was referred to Ludhiana. While he died on his way to the hospital, Ashraf is undergoing a treatment with about 50 per cent injuries.

Interestingly, factory owner Shiv Goyal and MD Ravi Goyal did not allow the scribes to enter the factory rather Ravi was seen asking them not to report the matter and visit the factory in the evening. The police proceeded under Section 174 of the CrPC on the statement of deceased’s brother Mohammad Mukaram and handed over the body to the family after the postmortem. 



Helping overweight singles get hitched
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Finally, there is something to cheer about for wannabe brides and grooms who are fighting obesity and at the same time cannot resist binging. A city resident has found them a suitable way to continue with their love for food and get married to large-size partner.

Disgusted with the culture where wannabe brides and grooms head towards gymnasium to sharpen their cuts and curves for marriage before marriage “all for a perfect marriage album”, this net-savvy citizen has launched a portal for overweight persons.

Ludhiana-based Aditi Gupta decided to do something for the plus-size people and succeeded in launching www.overweightshaadi.com - an online matrimonial portal for plus-size individuals.

Launched recently, the website has turned into an instant success. Now, it has over 900 members across the globe.

“It was during my visit to attend the marriage of my cousin that I decided to launch a website specially designed for overweight people,” said Aditi.

The aunts were pestering her plump cousin to lose weight before marriage. The idea of laser surgery also came up but the cousin refused.

“It was enough to trigger me. I could not stand that kind of treatment being meted out to the girl,” said Aditi.

“The idea behind launching the portal is that natural is okay and that one need not be size zero or have eight-pack abs to find one’s soulmate. I decided to launch this portal after seeing one of my cousins, who is on the healthier side.

“She was constantly pestered by relatives to lose weight so that she could get married. However, she wanted to stay the way she was. She got married last year and is now leading a happily married life,” she added.

Among the success stories of the website is a girl from Jalandhar who logged on to the website and got a Seattle-based match.

This mother of a two-year-old son enjoyed full support from her in-laws. While talking to The Tribune over the phone, Aditi gave credit for her success to her mother-in-law. “Without her support it would not have been possible,” she said.



Poll fever takes some to shrink
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Caught up in the frenzy of the forthcoming parliamentary elections, some enthusiastic supporters of political parties have gone out of their way to extend financial and material help.

Local psychiatrists are getting cases where people have not only behaved illogically, but also “misused” resources to appease political parties with the hope of a plum post in the party.

The family of a landholder had to seek psychiatric help as he had ended up spending Rs 25 lakh in one month for a particular party. Aged around 55 years, he hails from a nearby village and donated generously to the party.

Driven by the desire to get maximum votes for a particular candidate, he, on behalf of the party, donated cycles, fans, lights and sewing machines, besides other gifts.

Worried about his “behaviour” and growing obsession with election activities, his family was left with no choice but to seek medical help.

Dr Rajiv Gupta, a psychiatrist, said in this particular case, the person was driven by his hidden ambitions.

“His is not the sole case as there are 12 more patients undergoing treatment for illogical excitement caused by the elections. Imbalanced psyche in young men is the result of incentives varying from cash, intoxicants and even posts in the party,” he said. 

Another doctor at a city hospital spoke of a recent case where the head of the family suffered from a personality disorder as he was overwhelmed by vehicles with red light and hooter. 

“Realising his limitations to acquire one as a government official, he got involved with a political party and financed its activities to get a position in the party with the hooter vehicle,” he said.



City Concerns

As the pre-poll campaigning for the 15th Lok Sabha picks up, the political parties have started making big promises. Residents over the years have heard hoards of promises on the state-of-the-art infrastructure, uninterrupted power supply, jobs for the unemployed and a corruption-free society.

Historically speaking, the system in the city falls back to the same routine a few days after the election results are announced. The roads are shrinking for commuters with overflowing traffic. The city has abysmally poor sewerage and sanitation system. The underground water is not potable.

Ludhiana Tribune wants your opinion on what lacks the political will for upgrading the system in the city? Has the city been neglected by the politicians in power, over the years? What do you expect from the new MPs?

Responses, in not more than 200 words, can be emailed to ludhianaconcerns@tribunemail.com or sent to our city office at Bhadaur House, Ludhiana.



Schools may introduce sex education
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
The CBSE is likely to introduce sex education in the schools affiliated to this board from class VIII onwards, said Rajesh Rudra, director, Greenland School.

Majority of the principals of the CBSE affiliated schools here are in favour of introducing the sex education and none is against it, as this correspondent reveals after talking to many principals.

Rudra said there was a dire need to make the students aware about the sex education.

Sister Chantel, principal, Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, said “We are imparting sex education in Classes VI to IX. We are also organising orientation courses for all the classes.”RS Patial, principal, DAV Public School, said sex education was very important nowadays. Girl students can be taught separately about it. He criticised the internet for bringing the wrong information at the doorstep of the youngsters.

“Students are taught reproduction in plants, animals and human beings, there is no harm if they are made aware of what is right or wrong,” he said.

DP Guleria, principal, BCM Senior Secondary School, Jamalpur, said sex education should be introduced from class V.

Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon, chairman, Punjab School Education Board, said, “If the academic council approves, we will introduce it.” 



City centre for CA exams
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Ludhiana has been made a centre for half-yearly examinations being conducted by The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) wef June, 2009.

According to Sanjeev Jain, chairman Ludhiana Chapter of Cost Accountants, a letter to this effect has been received from ICWAI headquarters, Kolkata. He said the city chapter had been vigorously following up with the institute for the last few years and its efforts had brought in positive results.

A number of students pursuing this course who are residing around the city will be benefitted, as earlier they used to go to far-off places like Chandigarh for their examinations.

Jain further said this would encourage freshers to take up this course as a career as in today’s era of globalisation, the role of cost accountants assumes significance in advising the managements about various cost cutting tools.



Rotary instruments better for dental treatment
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Under the Continuing Dental Education programme, a live demonstration on ‘Rotary Endodontics’ was organised at Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital here today.

Dr Smita Singh, professor, head department of conservative dentistry, Darshan Dental College, Udaipur, was the guest speaker.

Managing director Piara Singh and principal Dr DS Kalsi accorded a warm welcome to the eminent guests.

Dr Smita Singh gave a presentation emphasising the changing trends in this field from hand to rotary instruments.

The lecture focussed on carrying out modern root canal treatment making use of the powered rotary root canal files instead of the old ones.

In an era where this treatment is becoming a routine affair in dental practice, new rotary instruments that are progressively designed to improve flexibility and cutting efficiency are becoming indispensable.

It is a perfect instrument to save chair time, reducing the number of visits and results in more comfort for the patient and the dentist, Dr Smita said.

Dr Navdeep Saini, professor and head, department of conservative dentistry, senior faculty members Dr Parminder Singh and Dr Parvinder Singh Baweja, director Dr (Col) Rana VK and Vice- Principal Dr Vivek Saggar were also present on the occasion. 



Bhagat Singh remembered
Our Correspondent

Doraha, March 24
Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) organised a seminar on Shaheed Bhagat Singh on the occasion of his martyrdom day.

Sukhpal Singh, chairman of the institute, said Bhagat Singh was considered to be one of the famous revolutionaries of the Indian Independence Movement. “He was one of the founders of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA)”,he added.

The students of MBA, BCA and BBA presented a cultural programme on the occasion. Dalvir Singh of BCA-VI, Sukhdeep Singh of BCA-VI, Harpreet Singh Pangli of BCA-IV, Sukhjeet Singh Bhatti and Monia also presented their views on the occasion. Director of DIMT.



LS Poll
Former fauji in fray
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
The struggle of ex-servicemen and their lack of representation at Centre have forced Col Bhag Singh (retd) to participate in the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. Bhag Singh never thought of joining politics nor is he sure of his victory. But one thing he is confident of is that if he gets elected to Lok Sabha, the ex-servicemen will surely be heard.

Talking to The Tribune, Bhag Singh said, “Neither the NDA nor the UPA governments have given us our long pending dues. If they truly call themselves our representatives they should have fought for our demands. They are just concerned for their own policies.” He added that he intended to discipline democracy which had been badly disturbed by politicians and bureaucrats.

He said, “A defence personnel is disciplined in every manner. You name any field where defence people have not performed. Be it sports, management or policy making, every defence man can perform as he is an all rounder. Unfortunately, the same does not apply to politicians.”

Well planned strategies are the need for development of Ludhiana and none of the political candidates have said anything about it. “If I get the reigns, I would not only teach people how to obey rules, but even take up environment issues like Buddha Nullah. If worked with complete commitment, the nullah could be cleaned in six months. However, lack of will has been hampering the process,” Bhag Singh said.

He said, “I am not going to represent only ex-servicemen who are completely demoralised right now, but even the common people who are tired of listening fake promises.” He added that reducing industrial taxes would also be one of his issues if elected to power.

Urging people to support a candidate who could represent them truly, he said every vote was precious and public should use it carefully.



Galib steps up poll campaign 
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, March 24
With the final announcement of Manish Tiwari as Congress candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, Gurcharan Singh Galib, who defected to the SAD, stepped up his election campaign.

In two days he visited more than two dozen villages falling in Jagraon legislative assembly, his stronghold area, along with Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Manpreet Singh Ayali, Bhag Singh Malla, Gurcharan Singh Grewal and other heavy weights of the area.

Galib on this occasion expressed his satisfaction over the support and affection extended by SAD workers to him. He said he was in the service of people of the area for the last more than 50 years and performed his duties efficiently without any blot of corruption on his face.

The SAD leaders appealed to the people to reinforce the power of their support to ensure a smooth win for Galib.

None of the speakers missed any opportunity to criticise the policies of the Congress and blame them for one and all misfortunes of Punjab. Dhillon accused Tiwari of making crores of rupees by misguiding the people of the area in the name of Airport at Ladoowal. He claimed that 60 out of 75 councillors of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation supported the SAD.

He said he did not contest the LS election as his party wanted him in the Punjab assembly. Speaking on this occasion, Manpreet Ayali said the Congress could not match the Akali candidate for the unmatched development done by the Akalis during the two years regime. Galib was weighed with ‘laddoos’ at Hans Kalan village.



Overburdened judges get relief
City gets nine more courts
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, March 24
Overburdened judicial officers working at Ludhiana have heaved a sigh of relief with the establishment of nine new courts. Judicial officers have been appointed in these courts, which may prove quite helpful both to Judges and litigants.

With this the strength of courts in the city has arisen to 33. It has provided a ray of hope to litigants for speedy disposal of their pending cases. Judicial Magistrates-cum-Civil Judges were also cheerful, as the process of transferring cases from their courts to new judges has started, which would reduce the pendency in their courts.

With the orders of Punjab and Haryana High Court these judges have started functioning here.

District and Sessions Judge GK Rai has transferred a large number of cases to the newly appointed officers. Even all the judges were allotted police station to hear the criminal cases, complaints triable by Judicial Magistrate IInd class.

Judicial Magistrate-cum-Civil Judge (junior division) Prabhjot Singh will look after the criminal work pertaining to Sahnewal police station and division No. 8.

Newly posted Judicial Magistrate Aashish Saldi will handle the criminal work of division Nos. 1 and 4 police station, Gurmeet Tiwana of Shimlapuri and Basti Jodhewal police station, Karan Garg of Haibowal and Koom Kalan police station, Kapil Sharma of division Nos.2 and 3 police stations, Ashok Kumar Chouhan of Dehlon and Humbran police station, Ajay Mittal of Model Town and division No. 7, Parminder Kaur of Salem Tabri and Payal police station, Sushma Devi of Dakha and division No. 6 police station.

All these judges have just completed their one year training at Punjab Judicial Academy. During this period they had also worked under the supervision of High Court judges at Chandigarh.

At Jagraon, one more court has also been provided with the posting of Judicial Magistrate Ravinder Singh. He has been entrusted with the criminal work of Jagraon, Raikot, Sidhwan Bet and Sudhar police station. With this the strength of courts at Jagraon has arisen to three.

Judicial Magistrate Harsimranjit Singh Rai has been entrusted with the criminal work of Samrala and Machhiwara. The strength of courts here has increased to two.



Blood donation camp 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees’ Union, Ludhiana district, organised the third blood donation camp in coordination with the Bharat Nagar telephone exchange here today. As many as 80 units of blood were donated by the union members. 

AK Sharma, General Manager (administration), Punjab Telecom circle, inaugurated the camp.

Speaking on the occasion he said blood donation was very important as it could not be manufactured in a factory.

Also present on the occasion were SK Aggarwal, general manager, telecom, who appreciated the initiative taken by the BSNL Employees’ Union. 

Forty blood units each were handed over to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital and Christian Medical College and Hospital.



Councillor ‘misbehaves’ with nurse
Paramedic staff stage protest
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Alleging a Congress councillor of misbehaviour with a staff nurse, the paramedical staff at Civil Hospital, Ludhiana today staged a protest demanding an action against him.

Manpreet Kaur, the staff nurse at the hospital, was on night duty on March 22 where the councillor came with one of his friends following a medico legal case. The councillor’s friend had received some injuries in a fight.

The nurse on duty administered first aid to the injured friend of the councillor who left the hospital only to return within minutes hurling abuses at the nurse on the pretext of ‘negligence’.

The district paramedical and health employees’ union president, Dharam Singh, said the councillor was under the influence of liquor and was chewing on a beetle leaf. Despite being at her modest best, the nurse was not spared and was called names, said the president. “We demand an inquiry into the matter followed by an action against the guilty councillor,” the union demanded.

The union has also written to Civil Hospital SMO Dr Harvinder Singh to look into the matter and approach the police authorities to uphold the pride of employees on duty.



Ex-servicemen rally for their demands
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Ex-servicemen from all over Punjab and Chandigarh held a rally here today in support of their demand for one rank, one pension and to condemn the Congress candidate from Ludhiana, Manish Tewari, for calling their demands unjustified.

They raised slogans against the central government and said according to the Supreme Court, pension was “delayed wages” for the service rendered and two persons who had rendered the same service, both in quantum and quality, should get the same wages (pension).

However, they rued that the successive governments had failed to implement the ruling.

Col Surjit Singh (retd), whose both sons are also in the Army, said: “We are not asking for anything wrong. Our demand for one rank, one pension is applicable in all civilian departments. Why are we left out of it, despite the fact that we have a tougher job than civilians?”

Capt Bhag Singh, who had come from Hattor, said: “I retired in 1994 and according to the slabs made by the central government, I am getting lesser pension compared to those who retired after me. When work and postings are the same, then why this difference?”

Capt Harcharan Singh, who retired in 1993, said: “Both my sons are in the Army and posted in remote areas. Our families have the tradition of sending our children to the defence forces and such an attitude of the government is discouraging.”



Tuberculosis kills 1,000 everyday
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Indian Medical Association ( IMA), Ludhiana, organised a seminar at R&D Technical on the World TB Day here today.

This event was a part of the on-going ‘Anti-TB-Awareness Week’ by the IMA in slum areas.

Dr SPS Sohal, director health services, Punjab, was the chief guest of the function and Dr Satpal Sharma, civil surgeon, Ludhiana, was the guest of honour.

Dr Manoj Sobti, president IMA, presided over the function.

Tuberculosis kills more adults in India than any other infectious disease. Over 1,000 persons die due to this disease in India everyday, Dr SPS Sohal said. To tackle this problem ‘National Tuberculosis Control Programme’ was launched in 1962 that has now been revised as ‘RNTCP’.

The programme aims at curing minimum 85 per cent of the detected new sputum smear-positive patients and to detect 70 per cent more smear positive patients, the director said.

The awareness about symptoms of tuberclosis is must to get the sputum tested by any person.

For spreading awareness about the prevention, case detection and treatment, the medical community, including IMA members, must participate to achieve the targets, the director added.

Dr Satish Nauhria, coordinator of IMA, talked about the planning of IMA for this cause especially targeting slums of Ludhiana. The awareness against tuberclosis, case detection and treatment would be done free of cost in collaboration with the health department.

The civil surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr SP Sharma, appreciated the role of IMA that is planning to control such killer diseases and ensured support to such projects by allocating new RNTCP treatment centres to IMA.

Dr Hardeep Singh, senior vice-president, IMA, said various volunteer organisations like Punjab Youth Forum and NSS units have been roped in for this cause.

The awards were given for the best work to Gurjeet Singh, Pardeep kumar , Rameshwar of Jamalpur, Dr Amita Jain, Dharamveer Singh of Punjab youth Forum and Balbir Singh Brara, Dr Neena Chawla.

Dr Ashish Chawla, district TB officer, said the medicines were given free of cost at all treatment centres of RNTCP.



Stick to DOTS strategy, say experts 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
Tuberculosis remains a major health problem in India with 1.8 million people getting infected with the disease every year. TB was one of the leading causes of mortality in India that killed two persons every three minutes, nearly 1,000 every day and the number of women was much higher, said Dr Akashdeep Singh, senior pulmonologist at SPS Apollo Hospital, Ludhiana.

Tuberculosis was a contagious disease, if left untreated, each person with active TB disease would infect on an average between 10 and 15 people every year observed Dr Akashdeep while delivering a lecture for industrial workers at Railson tyres factory. More than thousand workers were present during this talk.

The doctor informed the workers about the causes of TB and its mode of transmission. When someone with TB coughs, sneezes, or talks, TB germs are sprayed into the air thereby infecting anyone coming in close contact. You cannot get TB from shaking hands, food, dishes, linens or other objects, the doctor stated.

He told that people with TB may have one or more of these symptoms -- coughing for 3 weeks or longer, weight loss, poor appetite, sweating at night, fever, chills, feeling week, pain in the chest and coughing up blood.

He emphasised that sputum test was the best way to find out about the disease. Once diagnosed positive the patient recovers following administration of the special TB medicines under directly observed therapy.

He emphasised the benefits of DOTS strategy adding that it makes it easy to take your pills.

Under RNTCP, anti-TB drugs are provided in patient-wise drug boxes, which ensure that the full course of treatment is available at the start of the treatment. The treatment is provided at a place near the patient’s home which is convenient and acceptable to the patient and accountable to the system.



CMCH celebrates founder’s day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 24
The CMCH, Ludhiana, celebrated the Annual Founder’s Day today in the memory of CMC’s founder, Dame Edith Brown, who over 100 years ago started this hospital that now stands as one of the premier medical institutions in India.

About 50 batches visited their alma mater, and some of them had come after decades. A medical education programme, in which eminent speakers from the reunion batches from USA, UK and India delivered talks, was also organised on the occasion.

Dr Abraham G Thomas, a renowned plastic surgeon and director, CMCH, along with Dr Sunil Singh, principal, CMCH, were the guests of honour.

Dr PS Bakshi from the 1978 batch, also a member of the Punjab Medical Council, and Dr Darshan Singh from the 1959 batch were instrumental in bringing his batchmates together for the reunion.

The alumni also visited the hostel, college and hospital premises to relive old memories and to see the newer developments.

The day culminated with a gala banquet hosted on the lawn of the hospital residential campus followed by a cultural programme. 



Lax working of MC irks residents
Our Correspondent

Amloh, March 24
The thirteen Municipal Council members, besides the MLA, had elected its President Lal Chand Garg and Vice-President Dr Harpreet Singh, both from the Congress, on October 3, 2005. Though the term of the Vice-President is for one year, the Vice-President for the next term, Jiwan Kumar Puri, was elected on February 18 with 10 votes out of 14 votes.

The delay in the election of the Vice-President has failed the calculations of the ruling party to capture the post. There is a strong sense of feeling among people that the civic body under the Congress chief has caused bundles of miseries and has brought stagnation in the development works. 

A visit to the MC office revealed that people had to come there for routine matters for days together but no officer concerned was ever found.

Former President of the Municipal Council and a social worker Badlev Sedha, who was present there, said executive officer (EO) Jagjit Singh was transferred to Banga on October 6 last year, but no regular posting of the EO had been made till today and the additional charge of the sectional officer (SO) is also given to the SO of MC Mandi Gobindgarh. 

The additional charge of the EO was given to the EO of Mandi Gobindgarh, and now EO Kulwinder Singh of Khanna Municipal Council was holding the additional charge.

Among the persons who had visited the office several times for minor routine matters, Karanbir Singh said that he had applied for a date of birth certificate which was to be provided to him within a week, but he had been making rounds for the last three months. 

Another sufferer Baljit Kaur had applied for the approval of site plan of her house, but in vain. Municipal Councillor Jaspreet Kaur said that 80 per cent streetlights were out of order.

Sedha said that the council had undergone a huge loss in the absence of adequate staff, the income had dropped and many buildings in the town have come up without payment of the requisite fee.

A visit to the bypass road revealed that around 100 yards of main drain has been filled with earth. Notices against law breakers were waiting for the signatures of competent authority. 

Local SDM Poonamdeep Kaur to a query said she had asked the EO Khanna to fix some days of the week for the disposal of official work here.



Athletics Meet
GNDEC reigns supreme
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, March 24
Students of Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, bagged titles in various events in the Punjab Technical University Inter-College Athletics Meet held at Chandigarh, recently.

The athletes from this institute clinched the overall PTU Combined Trophy besides bagging overall trophies in the men’s as well as women’s sections, respectively.


Men’s category: Ranjit Singh won gold medal in long jump, shot put, 100m sprint, silver medal in javelin throw while Gauravdeep Singh bagged a gold medal in 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay races and a bronze medal in 1500m race. Raivarinder Singh won a bronze medal in discus throw, Amanpreet Singh bagged a silver medal in 100m race. Amit Kumar bagged a gold medal in the 5,000 m race.

The quartet of Jasdeep Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Gundeep Singh and Gauravdeep Singh shrugged aside their opponents to win a gold medal in the 4x400m relay race. Navandeep Singh annexed a bronze medal in shot put event.

Women’s category: Ranjodh Kaur won gold medal in 1,500m race and 100m hurdles besides finishing runner up in 800m race, Gurjot Kaur won silver medal in triple jump and Sukhdeep Kaur clinched silver medal in 1,500m race.

Principal Dr M S Saini congratulated the students, Prof JS Grewal, Dr Gunjan Bhardwaj and Prof Paramvir Singh Grewal for bringing laurels to the institute.



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