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Dengue cases
The sting that’s scaring the city
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
As the winter sets in, the number of dengue cases witnesses a downward trend. But in the city, the cases are on the rise. Every day, two to three patients are admitted to hospitals. Three more fresh cases have surfaced in Ludhiana district. The patients are undergoing treatment at the DMCH. As the Civil Hospital lacks adequate facilities, most of the patients prefer going to private hospitals. But for the poor, the treatment is beyond reach.

A resident, whose 14-year-old son tested positive for dengue recently, said, “I had to take my son to a private nursing home as his platelet count came to a considerable low. I had to borrow money to pay the hospital bills.”

Admitting that treatment of dengue was not easy and cheap, president of the Punjab Medical Council GS Grewal said: “The treatment costs Rs 20,000, but if the platelet count declines, the expenses can go up to Rs 1 lakh and above, depending on the stay and treatment. A patient has to stay in hospital for five days (minimum),” said Dr Grewal. District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said in city hospitals, 165 dengue cases have been reported so far. He said eight to 10 patients had undergone treatment at the Civil Hospital. A nurse said patients preferred going to private nursing homes and hospitals. “Out of the two ventilators, one is operational at the Civil Hospital,” said the nurse.


People infected by the dengue virus may suffer from high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash and mild bleeding

How is Dengue caused?

Dengue is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito: Aedes aegypti. The mosquito can breed in 10 to 15 ml of water accumulated in vessels, buckets, flower pots and tyres left in the open. When the mosquito bites a person infected with the virus, it gets infected. On biting other persons, it infects them too. The mosquito bites during the daytime.


  • Always keep overhead tanks properly covered.
  • Dry water coolers twice a week.
  • Wear full-sleeved shirts and cover your feet.
  • Spray insecticides under tables/behind curtains.


  • Do not allow water to stagnate in and around your house.
  • Do not throw discarded containers, tyres, pitchers and pots on the rooftop.
  • Do not let water accumulate near your houses.


Reality check: ward number 35
Residents in troubled waters every rainy season
Rainwater enters houses and shops every year
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The problem that needs to be addressed at the earliest in Ward No. 35 is — rein-fed nullah (barsati nullah). Residents have been urging the Municipal Corporation authorities to tide over the problem for the past several years, but to date, their grievance has not been redressed and they continue to suffer.

Garbage dumped around the rain-fed nullah in ward number 35 in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Encroachments at Talab Bazar in Ludhiana. A file photo

The ward consists of areas, including Chaura Bazar, Books Market, Barsati Bazar, Talab Bazar, Gur Mandi, Bhadaur House, Kesar Ganj and Khud Mohalla.

The other problems plaguing the ward are encroachments, choked sewerage, barsati nullah, illegal business by rehri-fehri vendors.

The residents said the authorities had never bothered to sort out the problems. “They are not interested in knowing the ground reality,” they said.

It takes residents hours to drain out rainwater. Their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Area councillor Sushma Mehta said in interior parts of the city, rainwater entered houses and shops. Shopkeepers in areas, including Saban Bazar, Talab Bazar, Niggar Mandi and Sadar Bazar have to suffer huge losses bear every year.

“If the nullah is cleaned, such a problem will never persist,” said Mehta.

Problems galore

  • Red-fed nullah should be cleaned.
  • The sewerage system should be cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Encroachments in markets should be removed.
  • The civic body should join hands with the traffic police to ease congestion.



NGO schools children
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Twentyfour-year-old Poonam might just have started working as a maid. But it was an organisation that she started attending classes with at the age of nine that she completed her schooling and is now working as a sales manager in a bank.

Many children like her are getting a chance to stand on their feet and change their outlook because of an NGO, Sewa Bharti, which has been aiding underprivileged children for the past 34 years. Not only have they been motivating the children to get into school, but also inculcating good values among them.

The NGO helped in her studies after high school and she went on to pursue a postgraduate diploma as well, said Poonam.

The organisation also conducts programmes to develop the self-confidence of these children. In such a progamme that was inaugurated at Tagore Public School in Aggar Nagar, the children presented cultural programme.

About 400 children are participating in the programme. Not everyone is getting a chance to participate in the event as only seven best children from the centres run by the NGO, who follow what the organisation teaches are participating in the event, in which competitions will also be organised. Sports, games, dance contests and other activities are part of the event.

The NGO runs 22 centres in the district. BP Mishra said the NGO had been helping children from slums and weaker sections of society since 1980 and they had many centres across the state. In the district, they are running centres at Hambran Road, Focal Point and Bhattiyan. They motivate the students to go to school and also guide their parents to change their mindset towards education. They assist the children in getting admission in schools. They provide financial support to students who want to pursue higher education.

Rajesh Parashar from the organisation said they had enabled many children to earn a respectable livelihood. He said the children had to be told the basic things to begin with like waking up early, pray in the morning and take bath daily. They are told about personal hygiene, patriotism and develop progressive outlook. “We motivate and help the talented children to realise their dreams,” he said.



Dark days are over as PSPCL plans to rid city of power pangs
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, November 22
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has launched a project to enhance the sub-transmission capacity of the state. While performing the earth breaking ceremony of the first gas insulated 66 KV sub-station in Chaura Bazar today, chairman and managing director of the PSPCL KD Chaudhry said the existing 66 KV sub-stations of the power utility would be deloaded to the extent of 70 per cent at a cost of Rs 300 crore so as to ensure uninterrupted power supply to consumers during the summer season.

Chaudhry said during the last financial year, 41 new 66 KV sub-stations were commissioned, besides enhancing the capacity of 100 existing sub-stations. Further, over 12 33 KV sub-stations were upgraded to 66 KV.

“The PSPCL has already commissioned 14 new 66 KV sub-stations while capacity of another existing 81 sub-stations has been augmented. At the same time, a plan has been set in motion to upgrade the remaining 33 KV stations in the state which will bring about qualitative improvement in power supply to all categories of consumers,” he said. Claiming that voltage profile of the state had undergone a sea change, the chairman of power utility said 11 KV capacitor banks of 438 MVAR were added last year while 293 MVAR had already been added during the current financial year. Similarly, the transmission lines network capacity was being strengthened by laying new 66 KV lines. “More than 1,000 kms new lines have already been commissioned since the last financial year to date and another 400 kms new lines will be laid next year,” he said.

Speaking about the ongoing project for strengthening the distribution and transmission capacity of the industrial hub of the state, Chaudhry said work was going on in full swing at the Rs 412 crore Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP). At the same time, existing sub-stations were being upgraded and new sub-stations were being erected to provide better power supply to the people.

Employees protest

Even as the chairman and managing director of the PSPCL KD Chaudhry was talking about ambitious development projects being taken up in the state to provide better power supply, employees and officials of power utility held a protest at Clock Tower Chowk against the management. Led by activists of the PSEB Employees Joint Forum, the protesting employees said the management was not interested in fulfilling the demands of trade unions. They said the authorities had forced them to intensify their agitation.



Traders rue delay in VAT refund
Say service tax not given back to exporters due to shortage of funds
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The Chamber of Industry and Commercial Entrepreneurs organised an industrial meet here today. The industrialists discussed various server problems being faced by them. Bhushan Kumar, chairman, Chamber of Industry and Commercial Entrepreneurs, said, “The industry in the state is facing a lot of problems at the hands of the Sales Tax Department. Due to this, the industry is not progressing.”

“The VAT refund has become a major problem for the industry. The VAT refund is not being given within the stipulated period fixed by the government. It is always delayed. If the assesses deposit VAT or any other documents one or two days late, the department imposes heavy penalties on assesses. Its not justified”, he said.

“The service tax refund given to the exporters is also not being given due to the shortage of funds. It is requested that the government should arrange funds for service tax refund so that exporters may get service tax refund in time. The state government recently increased the license fee on industry by three times. But at the same time, the license fee has been connected with the number of workers in the factory due to which the license fee has increased manifold. The industry is already passing through a great recession”, he added.

“The industry is facing countless announced and un-announced power cuts as a result of production of the industry has been severely hampered. The tiny and small-scale units have to suffer great losses.”

The Effluent Treatment Plants established by the government are far from the tiny and small-scale units”, said an industrialist.

Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, “The BJP leadership in the state has failed to save the industry in Punjab. Thousands of industrial units have been closed and a large number of industrial units are going to shut down due to the anti-industry policies of the Akali-BJP alliance.”

‘Heavy penalties imposed’

The industry in Punjab is facing problems due to the Sales Tax Department. Due to this, the state industry is not progressing. The VAT refund has become a major problem for the industry. The VAT refund is not being given within the stipulated period fixed by the government and is always delayed. If the assesses deposit VAT or any other documents one or two days late, the department imposes heavy penalties on assesses. This is not justified.~

— Bhushan Kumar, chairman, Chamber of Industry and Commercial Entrepreneurs



School Notes
Annual athletics meet

Ludhiana: Ryan International School, celebrated annual sports day with the motto “Excellence in Education and All Round Development.” The students of the 4 houses displayed an energetic march past. The students performed with zeal in sports events like 100 metres race. Parents also showcased their sportsmanship by actively participating in events like 80 mtr, brisk walk for mothers and 100 metre race.

Poster making competition

The Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools Complex Poster making Competition was hosted by Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School. Thirty five CBSE schools from Ludhiana participated in the contest in two categories—category A for class IX and X and category B for class XI and XII. The competition was judged by Sonia Dhawan (HOD, Fine Arts, DD Jain College) and Megha Sikka (Lecturer, Fine Arts, DD Jain College). Avinash Kaur Walia, principal of the school praised the efforts of all the participants and boosted their morale by saying that “Participation is Winning Itself.”

Karate championship

Punjab State Inter-School Karate Championship was organized by Ludhiana District Sports Karate Association at Green Grove Public School Mohanpur, Khanna. In this championship students of Guru Nanak International School, DAV Public School, Nakodar; Vardhman International School, Kohara; Greenland Public School, Sacred Heart School, and Green Grove Public School, Khanna participated. All the participants were excited and full of enthusiasm. Amrinder, Japjot, Jashandeep, Rajveer, Gurbaan Singh , Prabhsimran, Gursimer from Green Grove Public School, Khanna, won gold medals.

Charity mission

To help the flood victims of Jammu and Kashmir, students of BCM Arya collected funds. Moved by the plight of people suffering in Jammu and Kashmir and inspired by teachers, Radhika Chawla, a student of class 3rd collected donations from her locality. She motivated the people for contribution and collected Rs 2,100. The young child is also teaching some underprivileged children in her locality during her free time.

Athletics meet

Jain Public Senior Secondary School celebrated annual athletic meet of Pre-Primary wing with vigor and enthusiasm. The aim of the event was to inculcate a spirit of healthy competition and team work. The events included ball in bin and pick the chocolate, nursery’s hopping with book and frog race, potato race and monkey race, one leg race and sack race. Children took part in the races with great enthusiasm.

Annual function

Annual day celebrations in BCM School, Dugri, was celebrated. A thematic item ‘Mrigg Trishnna-The Mirage’ added vitality to the show by giving a serious message of getting rid of lust for wealth and work for mental peace. It was an eye opener for the audience towards unrealistic hopes. Dr Vandna Shahi addressed the audience and presented the school’s annual report. The proud achievers of X and XII were specially acknowledged.

Martyrdom Day

Martyrdom Day of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was observed with great devotion today at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School. The students and staff paid obeisance to the Guru by singing hymns. The students were told about the sacrifice of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. Rich tributes were paid to Bhai Mati Dass Ji, Bhai Sati Dass Ji and Bhai Dayala Ji who were martyred one day before the martyrdom of Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji. Speaking on the occasion, Chairman-cum-Director of the school, Rajesh Rudhra and principal Baldeep Pandher advised the students that they should seek inspiration from the great Guru, who was also known as ‘Hind Di Chaddar’. They should follow the path of righteousness.

Sports activity

Sports activity was organized for the students of kindergarten. Several races like biscuit race, balloon race, handkerchief race, hopping race and fill the bag were organised. Winners were appreciated by the authorities. They were given prizes and certificates.


Ram Lal Bhasin Public School, Urban Estate, Phase – I, Dugri organized an exhibition ‘Creations – 2014’ that covered various subjects – art and craft, science, social sciences, languages, sports. Students introduced their wisdom by exhibiting the beautiful and aspiring models made by them. They explained them very nicely and deeply with their prologues. Even the students of primary wing gave the evidence of their potential.


An interactive career counselling seminar was held at Senior Secondary Residential School for Meritorious Students, Ludhiana. The chief guests for the seminar were Dr. Sehrish Syed Asgar, IAS, AC(UT) and Madam Anuprita Johal, PCS, SDM, Samrala. Dr Sehrish addressed the students with inspiring words. She told them about her journey of life and how she became an IAS officer. She said 11th and 12th class is very crucial for the students. It is the time when the students should fix aims of their life. She told the students about civil services in detail. Some students had queries and Dr Asgar resolved them. Anuprita Johal, PCS, addressed the students. Students asked her about NDA, IAS and PCS.

Annual sports day

Annual sports day was organised at Ryan International School, Dugri. Students of Class III onwards participated in 100m race, 200m race, relay race, sack race and in many more races. Newton house was declared the best house and won the champions trophy. An eye soothing and award winning bhangra dance was performed by the students. — TNS



imposition of shortage cost
Labourers hold protest in Jagraon
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, November 22
The decision of imposing shortage cost of reduced weight of bags containing paddy on the labourers has not gone down well with labourers. Annoyed over the decision of imposition of shortage cost of the paddy crop on the labourers, the labourers working at various grain markets of Jagraon area have launched a strike against the government. The labourers also staged protests at various grain markets of the area against the decision of government.

Massive protest rallies were organized by the labourers at Jagraon grain market and Sidhwan Bet grain market today. Similar kinds of protests were also staged at various rural grain markets located in Jagraon area. A large number of labourers lead by Galla Mazdoor Union took part in the protests. The protesting labourers raised slogans against the government.

Earlier, the representatives of Galla Mazdoor Union and activists of other labourers’ organisations held a meeting at local grain market. Following the meeting, the labourers declared that their strike would continue till the decision of imposing shortage cost of the paddy crop on the labourers is not rolled back.

While addressing the protesting labourers during a protest rally at Jagraon grain market today, Galla Mazdoor Union president Bisakha Singh said the labourers are being made to suffer for no fault of their own. “The weight of the bags packed with paddy crop has been reduced due to delayed lifting of paddy stock from the grain markets. Because of delay in lifting, the paddy crop packed in the bags dried up and the weight of the bags containing paddy was also reduced. But now the government procurement agencies and the private rice millers have been forcibly imposing the shortage cost of reduced weight of bags containing paddy on the labourers which is not justified,” said Bisakha Singh.

Labourers’ union activist Sohan Singh said it was the duty of Market Committee authorities to lift the procured paddy crop from the grain markets. “But the authorities failed to lift the paddy crop from the grain markets in a timely manner. The paddy crop packed in the bags remained stocked at the grain markets for several days due to slow lifting process and the crop kept drying up thus reducing the weight of bags containing paddy. The labourers were never at fault but despite this they are still being victimised by the authorities by imposing shortage cost,” said Sohan Singh.

According to labourers’ union activists, they have raised the issue with the government authorities several times but the authorities have paid no heed towards their demand. The labourers’ union activists declared that no lifting work would be carried out in the grain markets till the decision of imposing shortage cost on labourers is rolled back.

It is pertinent to mention here that the lifting of paddy from the grain markets has already been quite late. The lifting of paddy has not completed so far and the grain markets are packed with huge stocks of paddy crop. The strike by the labourers is bound to further delay the lifting of paddy crop from the grain markets.

. “We are holding discussions with the labourers’ union activists to resolve the issue. Hopefully the matter would be resolved and the lifting would resume very soon”, said Jaswinder Singh, secretary, Market Committee, Jagraon.



Declamation contest at GNN College
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, November 22
In a unique endeavour, the Youth Club (girls) and Press Club of Guru Nanak National College in collaboration with Youth Forum, Doraha, organized an inter-school declamation. Students from 18 schools of Doraha, Sahnewal and surrounding villages participated in the event.

Speakers from Sunrise International Pubic School, Ghulal, Samrala, Green View Model High School Begowal, Government Senior Secondary School, Doraha, Dashmesh Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, Shri Guru Harkrishan Public Senior Secondary School Doraha, Green Grove Public School Mohanpur, Government High School Begowal, Khalsa Senior Secondary School Madpur, Akal Academy Baru Sahib, Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School Doraha, Anand Ishar Public School Barmalipur, Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School Doraha, Mehta Gurukul Public School, Doraha, Sant Kirpal Singh Sewa Panthi Senior Secondary School Neelon, Government Senior Secondary School Sahnewal, Government Senior Secondary School Rupalon, Sant Baba Wariyam Singh Memorial Government Senior Secondary School and Dasmesh Public Senior Secondary School Mehdoodan ensured their active participation and expressed their views on the burning topics as drug addiction, Swachh Bharat—a dream or a reality?, environmental pollution etc.

The chief guest of the occasion Director Jaswant Sing Gill, apart from congratulating the college for organizing the contest solely for school students said that this would provide them adequate exposure and the strengthen confidence in them.The students of Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, won the team trophy. Anajali of Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, was declared first in the declamation contest. Karamveer Kaur of Green Grove Senior Public School, Mohapur, was placed on the second position and Priya Devi of Saraswati Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, bagged third place. Special prizes were given to Anu Sharma of Guru Nanak Model Senior Secondary School, Doraha, and Supreet Kaur of Sant Kirpal Singh Sewa Panthi Senior Secondary School, Neelon. Two cash prizes were given by Gursharanjit Singh to Balpreet Kaur of Government High School, Begowal, and Jaspreet Kaur, Government Senior Secondary School.



Students’ safety
DGSE issues guidelines
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Director General School Education GK Singh has issued a letter to all the schools regarding the safety of children in schools. The safety guidelines include the building of the school, safety of students during educational tours, hygienic and nutritious mid-day meal, cleanliness of toilets etc. The guidelines also include directions regarding the location of the school and the Right to Education.

“While quality education is important at every level in schools, it is also essential to provide such an environment to them where their security is ensured from all aspects,” the letter states.

Some of the government teachers however said some of the guidelines have been issued earlier also, but implementation is more important. It is great that the safety of the schoolchildren is being considered important, and guidelines have been issued for that but the education department and officials ensure strict implementation and following of these guidelines, he said.

“Sometimes, guidelines are followed for some time, particularly when there is an inspection, but a system needs to be developed that there can be a regular scrutiny that the rules in the book are also followed strictly,” said another teacher.

There are schools in the district where there isn’t even roof in classrooms and operated from buildings that are in bad shape, said another school teacher not wanting to be named. There have been guidelines about regular whitewashing of classrooms, for instance, but the bad shape of buildings makes the gap between what exists on paper and in actuality evident, he added.



Ludhiana scan
Christmas procession

Council of Ludhiana Churches is planning to organise a Christmas procession on December 20. Most of the Churches, Christian Organisations and Institutions are taking part in this procession to wish the citizens of Ludhiana. The procession will start from Issa Nagari play ground and will pass through brown road, local bus stand, railway station, clock tower,chaura bazar, Baba Than Singh Chowk and CMC Hospital.

Grant given to school

Ludhina MP Ravneet Singh Bittu gave a grant of Rs 5 lakh to Bal Bhalai School. While giving grant he said the grant is being given to the school as it is going to be used for the benefit of the society. He said the school gives free education, food and uniforms to underprivileged children. He said the students should study with dedication for a better future and work for promotion of brotherhood and harmony in the society, as they are the future of the society.

Meeting held

A meeting of the members of Bhartiya Valmiki Dharm Samaj (BHAVADAS) was held here at Kailash Cinema Chowk. The members said that a state-level function to pay rich tributes to Dr BR Ambedkar will be held on December 6 at Guru Nanak Bhawan and for this a meeting of the office-bearers of BHAVADAS and other local leaders will be held on November 29, during which the preparations being done by the organisers will be discussed in detail.

Cleanliness drive

Radisson Blu Hotel MBD, Ludhiana, started a cleanliness drive under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The hotel team under the leadership of Mr Rakesh Rawat, General Manager, started with the cleaning of the Ferozepur Road. Executive Committee of Hotel Association of India (HAI) met on 8th November and decided to wholeheartedly support the movement. Under this Radisson Blu Hotel MBD, Ludhiana, has adopted the Ferozepur Road, Raj Guru Nagar Main Road, Lal Bagh Road and Threeke Road. — TNS



Bring changes in PNDT Act: IMA docs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The recent move initiated by Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi aims at changing the mindset of society and curbing the practice of booking doctors under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act for ‘minor clerical errors’ in record keeping etc has evoked a positive response from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Recently, the minister had observed that to curb female foeticide, enactment and implementation of stern laws had served little purpose in the past 20 years.

Gandhi said the government’s Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme will be based on incentives for those having daughters.

Dr Sudhir Raj, President of the state chapter of the IMA said, “The IMA had maintained that while doctors were being made scapegoats in the target-oriented approach under the PNDT Act for minor mistakes, the rot lied in the mindset of society that needed to be changed — ensuring safety of girls is the need of the hour”.

Dr Arpana Raj, chairperson, women cell of the IMA said the government needed to take serious steps towards curbing the counter sale of MTP pills, unauthorised practice by quacks/ midwives. “It is not femicide alone, but infanticide also that is disturbing the sex ratio — every born girl child must be followed up to the age of 1 year,” she said.

Dr Amandeep Aggarwal, state joint secretary, IMA, said the need of the hour is to bring a change in the PNDT Act and make it mandatory for all expecting women to get a scan at government hospitals for sex determination of foetus and every female foetus thus detected must be followed up till delivery and 1 year thereafter to detect both foeticide and infanticide.



Brick kiln owners’ body to organise rally on Nov 25
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
The office-bearers of the District Brick Kiln Owners Association have alleged that a group of brick kiln owners was harassing them and trying to jeopardize their businesses. Darshan Singh Jawanda, president, District Brick Kiln Owners Association alleged, “Due to interference by officials of the Mining Department, kilns couldn’t be made functional on November 1.”

He said the Punjab Brick Kiln Owners Association had decided one-and-a-half-month-ago that brick kilns would be made functional from November 1.

“However, a group of brick kiln owners pressurised other owners with the help of officials of the Mining Department. So the kilns were not made functional on November 1 in the district,” he alleged.

Jawanda further alleged that some brick kiln owners wanted to sell their substandard bricks in the market and hence they tried to stop other owners from making their kilns functional.

“We have environment certificates and fulfil all formalities of the Mining Department. But still in the name of implementation of rules, mining officials don’t allow us to start kilns”, he alleged.

Meanwhile, the Construction Worker Federation of India also supported brick kiln owners on the issue.

Tarsem Jodhan, vice president of federation said as many as 3 lakh labourers were directly linked with the brick kiln industry. “There is a mafia in the brick kiln industry which controls the functioning of kilns,” he alleged.

Jodhan said a rally will be organised on November 25.

‘Interference in work

Due to interference by officials of the Mining Department, kilns couldn’t be made functional on Nov 1. — Darshan Singh Jawanda, president, District Brick Kiln Owners Association



College NOTES
Students bag laurels

Ludhiana: Students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology Sukhvir Kaur BBA-VI bagged 7th position in the university scoring 89.14% marks. Ayush Kapoor of BCA-II has also got 7th position in the university with 89.57% marks and Jagpreet Kaur of B.Com professional, 4th semester, bagged 4th position. Jagpreet Kaur has been getting first positions in B.Com (Prof.) in semester 1st, 2nd and 3rd also. Dr HS Singha congratulated the students, faculty and parents of the students.

Research workshop

BCM College of education organised a one-day research workshop on writing research proposal for M.Ed students. Dr Navleen Kaur, chairperson, Department of Community Education and Disability, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the resource person. She encouraged the budding researches to have a desire to conduct research. Later in the workshop M.Ed students discussed the statement taken up by them for the research project with the resource person.

NCC week

NCC week was observed at Ramgarhia Girls College. In order to sensitise the younger generation about the plight of senior citizens, a visit to Swami Vivekanand Old Age Home was organised. NCC cadets got an opportunity to interact with the inmates and learn from their experiences. — TNS



5-yr-old boy gets new lease of life
Left arm was amputated after it got crushed in machine
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
A team of doctors at the SPS Apollo Hospitals gave a new lease of life to a five-year-old boy whose left arm was amputated after it got crushed in a machine. Dr Ashish Gupta, consultant and head, Department of Plastic & Microvascular Surgery, said, “The child and his amputated limb were brought within two hours of the injury. The blood circulation could be successfully restored within six hours of the injury time resulting in good and smooth post operative recovery.

The nerves and muscles were also repaired but will take months for their function to return. Even though the arm had been avulsed (pulled off) from the body by the machine yet the orthopedician and the plastic surgery team could perform the bony union and the anastomosis of the blood vessels and nerves.”

Dr Harmandeep Singh, consultant Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, (who performed the bony union) said that awareness amongst patients and availability of expertise at the referral centre makes a difference between leading a normal functional life and being a cripple at the age of 5 years. “The child could recover from this extreme injury and return home in a span of 10 days”, said Dr Singh.

Dr Kapil Chib, medical superintendent said a team comprising Dr Samta (emergency), Dr Ashish Gupta (consultant and head, Plastic and Microvascular Surgery), Dr Harmandeep Singh (consultant orthopaedics) and Dr Vikas (paediatric intensive care) successfully re-implanted the limb back with the child’s body.

Medical feat: The child and his amputated limb were brought within two hours of the injury. The blood circulation was restored within six hours of the injury time resulting in smooth operative recovery.



Thieves strike at mobile shop
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 22
Thieves struck at a mobile shop in the Shimlapuri area and decamped with a large number of mobile recharge coupons cameras and a case. Shop owner Amarjit Singh said the theft occurred on the intervening night of November 21 and 22. The thieves stole 167 mobile recharge coupons worth Rs 25,000 and case worth Rs 20,000. The thieves also stole CCTV cameras installed in the shop.

5 held for planning heist

Five persons have been arrested for allegedly planning a robbery in the Jodhewal area. The accused were identified as Money, Rajive Kumar, Rahul and Gurwinder Singh.

One arrested

The police have arrested a member of an inter-state gang involved in stealing trucks. He was identified as Joga Singh of village Ballian, Amritsar. Rajan Parminder Singh, in charge, CIA staff-I, said Joga was arrested from Focal Point. He is involved in truck theft cases in Ludhiana, Sangrur, Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Muktsar etc.



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