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Fate of Distance edu students hangs in balance
Bathinda, February 10
The fate of thousands of students admitted under the Distance Education Program (DEP) of the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, hangs in balance. 

Shopkeepers warned against selling banned China-made kiteline
Bathinda, February 10
A city-based NGO and the police have warned the local shopkeepers against selling the China-made kite string. Volunteers of the NGO, Naujawan Welfare Society, said despite registration of more than a dozen cases against various shopkeepers, the banned kite string was still being sold in the city.

Police steps up night vigil in city
Presence of cops acts as a deterrent against crime. Bathinda, February 10
The police has intensified the night vigil in the city. Cops have been deployed on the outskirts of the city to keep a record of all the vehicles entering and exiting the city during the late night hours.

Presence of cops acts as a deterrent against crime. A Tribune photograph


 

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Treatment costly in pvt sector, unavailable in govt facilities in state
Bathinda, February 10
With the number of children born with heart defects being frequently reported in Punjab, the state is not well-equipped to provide relief to the newborn patients. While the treatment for congenital heart disease is too expensive in the private sector, none of the government hospitals or medical colleges in the state has the facility to conduct the life-saving surgery on such patients.

Cong ex-MLA flays govt
Bathinda, February 10
Punjab has failed to benefit from the MGNREGA scheme the way the other states have done. This was stated by former Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi here today after holding meetings in different areas.

Woman accuses in-laws of harassing her for dowry
Bathinda, February 10
A woman residing in a colony on Goniana road today accused her in-laws of beating her up and demanding more dowry. The woman, Tanu, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital, alleged that she was shown the door by her in-laws after being beaten up. Police reached the Civil Hospital where her statement was recorded.

Scholarship test held
Bathinda, February 10
Harbhajan's Institute of Competitions conducted a scholarship test for the CBSE and PSEB class X students today. More than 4200 students from various cities took part in the test held at different centres across the state.

New multi-speciality hospital inaugurated
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sarup Chand Singla (second from right) at the HealthStreet Hospital after its inauguration on Sunday.Bathinda, February 10
A multi-speciality hospital, HealthStreet, was inaugurated today near Mittal Mall. Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Sarup Chand Singla inaugurated the hospital that has state-of-the-art medical facilities under one roof.






Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sarup Chand Singla (second from right) at the HealthStreet Hospital after its inauguration on Sunday. Photo: Bhupinder Dhillon

Special trainers take out protest rally
Bathinda, February 10
Police today detained the members of the Special Trainer Teachers' Union while they tried to take out a protest rally on the Mansa road overbridge. The members of the union were detained near Government Rajindra College.

With the chill showing signs of thaw, and the sun coming out, people experienced some relief from the severe winter that the region experienced. Activity in the city, even the daily humdrum of life, has started showing signs of this change in weather as people go about performing their work, savouring the pleasant weather. (Clockwise from above) A man steals forty winks in the sun with the blanket adding to the warmth; a vendor takes sugarcane for sale in the market; a man gets his ear cleaned by the roadside oblivious to the harm it could cause; two persons ferry a can near the Mini-secretariat; and the ground at Goverjnment Rajindra College being levelled for the annual sports meet.
With the chill showing signs of thaw, and the sun coming out, people experienced some relief from the severe winter that the region experienced. Activity in the city, even the daily humdrum of life, has started showing signs of this change in weather as people go about performing their work, savouring the pleasant weather. (Clockwise from above) A man steals forty winks in the sun with the blanket adding to the warmth; a vendor takes sugarcane for sale in the market; a man gets his ear cleaned by the roadside oblivious to the harm it could cause; two persons ferry a can near the Mini-secretariat; and the ground at Goverjnment Rajindra College being levelled for the annual sports meet. Tribune photos: Pawan Sharma

 

 







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Fate of Distance edu students hangs in balance
Punjab Technical University has not been granted approval to run correspondence courses
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10
The fate of thousands of students admitted under the Distance Education Program (DEP) of the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, hangs in balance. The university has admitted students without getting an approval from the Distance Education Council (DEC) of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

The university's plea for extension in running the DEP courses is pending with the IGNOU. Even as the clearance was not given, the university issued advertisements inviting applications for admissions.

However, a resident of Delhi moved the Delhi High Court alleging that the university was inviting applications without getting a go-ahead from the DEC, which was illegal. Acting on the petition, the Delhi High Court restricted the PTU from conducting admissions under the DEP. The next hearing has been fixed for March 11.

In Bathinda, four such centres have admitted students.

However, the PTU Registrar HS Bains said the PTU had completely stopped granting admissions following the directions of the Delhi High Court on January 25.

"Earlier too, we did not force any student to take admission at our centres. In our prospectus, it is clearly mentioned that the university has not got approval from the DEC for this academic year and any student taking admission will do so at his or her risk," he claimed.

Bains added that the university was defending the case in the court.

Over the issue of approval not being granted, the PTU Registrar said due to some reasons, the DEC could not take any concrete decision on giving approval to the PTU.

A course from non-approved university has no sanctity when it comes to getting a job in the central government or the state government departments.

If the PTU is awarded approval by the DEC, it will form a committee to decide the fate of the students who were admitted at the time when the course was unapproved.

Educationists in the city say that it was not only that the university was at fault. Lack of awareness on the part of students and their parents was also responsible for the situation they are in. 

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Shopkeepers warned against selling banned China-made kiteline
Tribune News Service

Spools of China-made kite string were burnt recently in the city in order to create awareness about the banned China Dor. The string, being unbreakable, has resulted in a number of birds and humans sustaining injuries.
Spools of China-made kite string were burnt recently in the city in order to create awareness about the banned China Dor. The string, being unbreakable, has resulted in a number of birds and humans sustaining injuries. A File photograph

Bathinda, February 10
A city-based NGO and the police have warned the local shopkeepers against selling the China-made kite string.
Volunteers of the NGO, Naujawan Welfare Society, said despite registration of more than a dozen cases against various shopkeepers, the banned kite string was still being sold in the city.

The string has been banned by the government as it is harmful for birds as well as humans.

Sonu Maheshwari of the NGO said they had roped in more than 50 volunteers to keep a check on the sale of China Dor.

Maheshwari said children had also been told to inform the volunteers or the police if they come to know about any shopkeeper selling or keeping the string in his stock.

The volunteers of the NGO said they had been creating awareness about the shortcomings and lethal affects of the China-made string in schools by organising meetings and seminars.

The police has registered cases under Section 188 of the CrPC against shopkeepers and sellers of such strings for flouting the orders passed by the District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner.

Honey, a shopkeeper on the Ajit Road, said many people have received serious injuries in their face, neck or other body parts as they got entangled in kite strings. The China-made kite string can inflict serious injuries as it was made of some plastic material and hence, does not break, he added.

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Police steps up night vigil in city
Nakas laid to keep a watch on vehicles entering or exiting the
city at night
Gurdeep Singh Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10
The police has intensified the night vigil in the city.
Cops have been deployed on the outskirts of the city to keep a record of all the vehicles entering and exiting the city during the late night hours.

Bathinda SSP Ravcharan Singh Brar is keeping a tab on the night vigil by remaining present in his office past midnight. He is keeping a tight grip over the in-charges of various police stations.

The cops said they were directed to patrol their respective areas round-the-clock.

Nakas were laid at the Power House Road chowk, the Mansa road, the Bibiwala road and near the Thermal Colony last night to check drunken driving as well as to record the details of the vehicles entering or exiting the city.

The cops deployed at the nakas said the late night nakas were regular for the past few days following the instructions of senior police functionaries.

"We record the phone number of the occupant of vehicle, the registration number and the make of the vehicle, and check if the driver is drunk," said a cop deployed at the naka on the Goniana road at around 11.45 pm on Sunday.

Thermal SHO Kaabal Singh said the nakas were been laid to intercept vehicles that sped away after road accidents or were being rashly driven.

"All the police stations have been assigned the task of sealing the various entry and exit points of the city besides residential and commercial areas. We have been doing this for the last around three months but we have been told to intensify the vigil for the past few days to instil a sense of security among the city residents," Kaabal said.

SP (City) Dharamveer Singh said the late night nakas had been streamlined in order to curb vehicle lifting, drunken driving, rash driving and plying of unscrupulous elements during the night hours.

"A gazetted officer and a city SHO randomly check the nakas laid 11 pm onwards, wherein all the vehicles entering or exiting are checked thoroughly. Young boys and unsocial elements are warned. Some people were rounded up and a few arrested during the past few days at various points," the SP said.

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Treatment costly in pvt sector, unavailable in govt facilities in state
Megha Mann
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10
With the number of children born with heart defects being frequently reported in Punjab, the state is not well-equipped to provide relief to the newborn patients.
While the treatment for congenital heart disease is too expensive in the private sector, none of the government hospitals or medical colleges in the state has the facility to conduct the life-saving surgery on such patients.

The World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week is being observed from February 7 to 14.

Paediatrician Dr Satish Jindal said the incidence of congenital heart defects is four to 10 per 1,000 live births.

"However, if one child in the family has this defect, the chances of another child being born with same defect increases by two to three per cent," added another paediatrician KK Bajaj.

In Punjab, most of these cases are referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at Chandigarh. In the private sector, the treatment is available at some hospitals in Ludhiana, but it costs about Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh. The implantation of stents and other devices in a little heart makes the surgery a costly affair.

In most of the cases, the defect is detected at the time of a child's birth or in the 18th week of pregnancy. "The expecting mothers can undergo echocardiography test to ensure the foetal heart is healthy and the problem is detected at its onset," said Dr Bajaj, adding that every month he gets around five to 10 patients.

Paediatrician Ajay Gupta added that every month, at least one new patient was being reported. "We need to have early diagnosis and more paediatric cardiac surgeons who can perform surgeries and save precious lives. Most of the times, such patients are referred either to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, the Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, the AIIMS or the Apollo Hospital, Delhi," he added.

The paediatricians said every month at least eight to 10 children from Bathinda undergo surgery at different hospitals.

It is pertinent to mention here that under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), the government helps the students of government and government-aided schools who have hole in heart.

Such patients are detected at the district-level camps and sent to the PGIMER for treatment.

School health officer Dr Kundan said from April 2012 till date, 12 children who had hole in their hearts were referred to the PGIMER. "Two of these patients have undergone surgery successfully. The rest are undergoing treatment and do not require immediate surgeries," he said.

The state government bears the entire expenditure incurred on treatment and surgery.

Common factors in the first trimester of pregnancy that can lead to heart defects in the unborn babies are Rubella fever, anti-epilepsy drugs, psychiatric drugs (mainly prescribed for bipolar disorders) containing lithium, oral medicines given as treatment for acne, exposure to radiation, X-ray or strong chemicals, if the mother is a diabetic or in the case of pre-mature babies.

 

Fact file

  • The incidence of congenital heart defects is four to 10 per 1,000 live births.
  • In Punjab, most of these cases are referred to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at Chandigarh.
  • In the private sector, the treatment is available at some hospitals in Ludhiana, but it costs about Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh, which is out of reach of the common man. The implantation of stents and other devices in a little heart makes the surgery a costly affair.
  • In most of the cases, the defect is detected at the time of a child's birth or in the 18th week of pregnancy.
  • Under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), the government helps the students of government and government-aided schools who have hole in heart. Such patients are detected at the district-level camps and sent to the PGIMER for treatment.

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Cong ex-MLA flays govt
Jassi says Punjab has failed to benefit from MGNREGA scheme
Tribune News Service

Harminder Singh Jassi
Harminder Singh Jassi

Bathinda, February 10
Punjab has failed to benefit from the MGNREGA scheme the way the other states have done. This was stated by former Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi here today after holding meetings in different areas.

In a press statement issued here, Jassi said due to the wrong policies of the state government, the people here could not take advantage of the MGNRGEA scheme. He added that he would meet the ministers in the union cabinet and demand that the scheme be effectively implemented at the grassroot level.

Jassi said the state was reeling under an economic crisis and the government has now geared up to impose different kinds of taxes on its people. "If the new taxes are imposed, we will fight tooth and nail against it," he said.

He added that the government has failed to effectively control swine flu as an increasing number of people are contracting the disease.

President of the city unit of the Congress Ashok Kumar, KK Aggarwal, Inder Sahni, Jagroop Singh Gill, Iqbal Dhillon, Mukesh Kumar, Suresh Kumar, Mohan Lal Jhumba, Lala Jeet Mal, Darshan Jeeda, Surinder Singh Sahni, Varinder Beera and Rupinder Bindra, among others, were also present at the meeting.

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Woman accuses in-laws of harassing her for dowry
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10
A woman residing in a colony on Goniana road today accused her in-laws of beating her up and demanding more dowry. The woman, Tanu, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital, alleged that she was shown the door by her in-laws after being beaten up. Police reached the Civil Hospital where her statement was recorded.

The husband of the woman, Ravikant, however accused the parents of his wife of assaulting him. The husband said a complaint has been lodged by him in this connection at the Nehianwala police station.

Tanu said her husband and in-laws were demanding dowry since her marriage that took place over a year ago. She added that a compromise was reached between the two families in Delhi sometime ago.

Since then, they started residing in Delhi. Renu's mother, who came from Delhi, got her daughter admitted to the Civil Hospital. Policemen said they have recorded the statements of both the parties and action would be initiated in this regard after going through the details.

School van hits scooterist

A school van today hit a man on a two-wheeler near Adarsh Nagar on Goniana Road. The driver of the van fled from the spot after the mishap. Volunteers of the NGO Adarsh Welfare Society reached the spot and shifted the injured to the Civil Hospital in an ambulance.

The injured was admitted to the emergency ward where he is being treated by the doctors. The injured has been identified as Darshan Singh of Gillpatti village.

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Scholarship test held
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10
Harbhajan's Institute of Competitions conducted a scholarship test for the CBSE and PSEB class X students today. More than 4200 students from various cities took part in the test held at different centres across the state.

Scholarship will be provided to the students in different courses (Plus One medical and non-medical) on the basis of their performance.

The managing director of the institute, Prof Harbhajan Singh, stated that the aim of the test is to prepare the student for the Board exam. He said such encouragement will also boost the cause of education.

Hundred per cent scholarship will be given to first rank holder, 75 per cent to the second and 50 per cent to the third rank holder.

The result of the test will be declared in the first week of March. TNS

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New multi-speciality hospital inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10
A multi-speciality hospital, HealthStreet, was inaugurated today near Mittal Mall. Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Sarup Chand Singla inaugurated the hospital that has state-of-the-art medical facilities under one roof.

Childcare specialist of Ludhiana Hospital Dr Ajay Gupta and eye surgeon Dr Kashish Gupta have launched the 60-bed hospital, which has come up with the innovative initiative of Healthy Hours where the hospital will forego its fee and provide OPD consultation for Rs 20 between 9 am and 10 am everyday.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Singla said the people of Bathinda will now no longer have to travel to Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Delhi as the latest treatment will now be available here.

Managing director Dr Ajay Gupta said the hospital will go a long way in bringing state-of-the-art technology and deliver at an affordable price with courteous care.

"The hospital is the result of 12 years of trust of the people. The hospital extends intensive care facilities like fully equipped ICU and advanced diagnostics like bronchoscopy and lung cancer detection for which people had to travel to Ludhiana or Delhi," he said.

Dr Kashish Gupta mentioned that the hospital has 60 beds with modern ICU, private rooms, three operation theatres, 24-hours emergency serivce, laboratory, radiology, ambulance and pharmacy services.

Chief executive officer Sanjay Gupta introduced the medical team comprising TB and chest specialist Dr Mohit Garg and diabetes and internal medicine consultant Dr Milinda Gupta.

Dr Garg and Dr Gupta have joined from the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital, New Delhi, and Dr Vikas Jindal, surgeon from AIIMS, among others.

Chief mentor, HealthStreet, Dr Kapil Garg, who has the experience of running big healthcare facilities in metros, said every detail has been taken care of to provide the best in patient care at an economical price.

Free paediatric cardiology camp on Feb 13

A free paediatric cardiology check-up camp will be held at the Bajaj Children's Hospital, Mall Road, on February 13 during World Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week, that begins on February 11.

The Bathinda chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) is holding the camp with Medanta -Medicity, Gurgaon. New-born babies suffering from growth disorder, breathlessness, blue baby symptoms or repeated cough and cold can be brought to the camp.

Doctors from Medanta, including Dr Munish Tomar and Dr Sushil Azad, will provide free consultation from 10 am to 5 pm at the Bajaj Children's Hospital.

Also, a continuing medical education (CME) programme will be held on the same day. Dr Munish Tomar will speak on "Approach to neonate with congenital heart disease" and Dr Sushil Azad will speak on the "Timing of intervention in congenital heart disease".

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Special trainers take out protest rally
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, February 10
Police today detained the members of the Special Trainer Teachers' Union while they tried to take out a protest rally on the Mansa road overbridge. The members of the union were detained near Government Rajindra College.

They were later released by the police after a dialogue. The members of the union have been battling against the government to get their demands met for more than 100 days.

The teachers said despite the promise of re-inducting 1894 teachers in various schools of the state, nothing has been done in this regard. The teachers said that they would not relent until the government reinstates the agitating teachers.

Seminar on superstition

A seminar was organised against the widespread superstition prevalent in society. The seminar was organised with the help of Tarksheel Society at Teachers' Home.

Avtar Singh Dhindsa, Baldev Singh, Ram Singh, Master Gyan Singh, Surjit Singh, Randhir Gillpatti and others present at the seminar highlighted the harm that superstition can cause.

The speakers at the seminar said people should keep themselves away from those who claim to bring respite by using their supernatural powers. They said that such claims should be tested on the basis of logic and rationality and dogmatic acceptance was fraught with harmful consequences for the gullible.

Shiv Sena for exemplary punishment to terrorists

National president of Shiv Sena (Hindustan) Pawan Gupta has hailed the decision to hand the Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru. Interacting with the media during a visit to the city today, Gupta said he has been visiting the districts of Punjab to strengthen the party's base. He said a religious programme is being organised by the party on February 26 at Patiala.

He demanded that the other anti-national elements lodged in various jails of the country too should be given exemplary punishment so that the country can shed its image being created of being a soft state. Such measures would also deter the terrorists, he said. President of the party's Punjab unit Krishan Sharma, general secretary Amar Takkar and district unit president Sushil Jindal were among those present.

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