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Serve notices on Union Health Secy, hospital: HC
The tribune IMPACT: Discrepancies at Gulab Devi Blood Bank

Serve notices on Union Health Secy, hospital: HC

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Taking cognisance of a report published in The Tribune regarding gross irregularities found at the blood bank of a local hospital, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the issuance of notices within a week to the Union Department of Health and Family Welfare as well as Gulab Devi Hospital, Jalandhar.

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Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 10

Taking cognisance of a report published in The Tribune regarding gross irregularities found at the blood bank of a local hospital, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the issuance of notices within a week to the Union Department of Health and Family Welfare as well as Gulab Devi Hospital, Jalandhar. The HC has made both hospital and the Secretary to Government of India, Department of Health and Family Welfare, a party in the PIL filed on the issue.

The court had also passed an order admitting a PIL on the issue – filed on the basis of the same news report – on August 31, 2018. The ruling has been issued by a two-member Bench comprising Chief, Justice, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Kirshna Murari, and Judge Arun Palli.

Serious discrepancies and mislabelling of blood were found at the blood bank of Gulab Devi Hospital, here, in August this year.

A report published in these columns on August 5, 2018, titled “Gross irregularities at blood bank” had reported that owing to discrepancies, five persons were booked by the Jalandhar police.

The report had stated that the Zonal Licensing Authority had seized 44 blood units from the bank – from each of which, two or more donors were provided blood. The units were also found to have improper labelling and vital details such as the expiry date of the blood, the date the donor was bled, among other details were missing from the bank. The action had been initiated by the drug authorities in the district on the evening of August 3 after a complaint was made by an NGO, Hindustan Welfare Blood Donors Club, Phagwara, along with four or five other blood donation NGOs of the region.

In its ruling today, the court has stated, “Since the newspaper report contained allegations against the Gulab Devi Hospital, where the blood bank was being run, we deem it fit that the hospital be impleaded as a party to the petition as also the Union of India, through Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi, and notices be issued to them. The office is directed to take necessary steps for issuing notices within a week.”

The next hearing in the case will be on January 28, 2019.

Day after DBA dissolution, question arises over existence of life members

Day after DBA dissolution, question arises over existence of life members

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: A day after the executive committee of the District Badminton Association (DBA) dissolved, now question on the existence of life members of the association has arisen.

One more land in police net in realtor assault case

One more land in police net in realtor assault case

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Ranjit Singh, alias Sonu Phalwan, who was allegedly involved in the Shashi Sharma attack case, was arrested by a team, led by SHO Omkar Singh Brar, late on Sunday night.

3 women among four held with heroin, poppy husk

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: The Nawanshahr police arrested four accused, including three women, today and recovered 120 g of heroin and 60 kg of poppy husk from their possession in two incidents.

A first, sports tourney for govt schoolteachers

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: For the first time in the state, the Education Department has decided to organise a sports tournament for government schoolteachers to motivate both teachers as well students towards fitness.

Debt-ridden farmer ends his life

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

PHAGWARA: A debt-ridden farmer, identified as Avtar Singh, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house at nearby Nurpur village last night.

Review summary revision of voters’ list, DCs told

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Commissioner of Jalandhar Division B Purushartha today asked the Deputy Commissioners of seven districts to embark a massive awareness campaign for making the maximum number of people aware about the process involved in addition and deletion of names in voters’ list.

Manch protests police inaction in cases against women

Manch protests police inaction in cases against women

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Women from various organisations and groups, led by the Istri Jagriti Manch, today staged a protest outside the Mehatpur police station against the police inaction in dowry cases, victimisation and torture of women by in-laws.

Blockage in sewer lines irks roadways employees

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: The frequent blockage of sewer lines has become a problem for the roadways staff at roadways workshop here .

City-based hockey skipper signs deal with Adidas

City-based hockey skipper signs deal with Adidas

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: After it was Jalandhar’s cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who had signed for Reebok, now a city-based Indian hockey skipper, Manpreet Singh, has signed for another sportswear Adidas.

MC team removes kiosks from city areas

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: To maintain smooth traffic flow, and encroachments in the city, the Tehbazari officials of the Municipal Corporation (MC) initiated an action against the encroachers today and removed several kiosks from the Plaza Chowk, here on Monday.

Punjabi diaspora flays Amarinder’s statement on Kartarpur corridor

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

US-based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) condemned the statement of the Chief Minister Capt Amrinder Singh, in which he said the General of Pakistan Army, Qamar Javed Bajwa, had broken the news of opening the Kartarpur corridor to Navjot Singh Sidhu even before Imran Khan sworn in as the Prime Minister.

Defence pension adalat on Dec 17

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Controller General of Defence Accounts, Delhi Cantt, is organising a Defence Pension Adalat on December 17 at Vajra Sainik Institute, Jalandhar Cantt, to redress pension-related grievances of the defence pensioners and their families.

Dayanand Munjal Award for DAVIET principal

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: Dr Manoj Kumar, principal, DAV Institute of Engineering & Technology (DAVIET), has been awarded with the LMA-Dayanand Munjal Award for the manager of the year 2017, at the 40th anniversary and annual award distribution ceremony.

Two held with intoxicants

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

Phagwara: The Goraya police seized 350 intoxicating tablets from Jaskaran Singh, a resident of Dhadhey village, and Harpreet Singh, a resident of Nawanpind village, and arrested them.

Left parties pledge to fight against communal forces

Left parties pledge to fight against communal forces

11 Dec 2018 | 2:11 AM

JALANDHAR: At the conclusion of three-day central committee meeting of the Revolutionary Marxist Party India (RMPI), thousands of people who participated in the massive ‘Adhikar Rally’ held here, pledged to fight against communal-fascist attacks of the saffron brigade and neo-liberal policies of the government.

Primary school gets a facelift, courtesy NRIs

Primary school gets a facelift, courtesy NRIs

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: The staff of Government Primary School Khanpur Dhadha , Jalandhar, has set an example for other teachers in the state.

680 cases disposed of in Lok Adalats

680 cases disposed of in Lok Adalats

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

PHAGWARA: As many as 680 cases were disposed of by the National Lok Adalat held at Kapurthala, Phagwara and Sultanpur Lodhi on Saturday.

Panel to look into discrepancies before Mar 31, says DharamsotPost-matric scholarship scheme scam

Panel to look into discrepancies before Mar 31, says Dharamsot

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: Social Welfare and Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said today that the state government would form a committee to look into the discrepancies in the post-matric scholarship scheme before March 31 next year.

Two youths arrested with 2.5 kg of ganja

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: Two youths were arrested by the police with 2.

Five days after shootout, Talwara police register case against three

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

TALWARA (HOSHIARPUR): The Talwara police finally filed a case today after five days after a shootout took place in the old Talwara town.

Executive committee of Dist Badminton Assn dissolved

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: The executive committee of the District Badminton Association (DBA) got dissolved today with immediate effect by the Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma.

Ban on carrying of firearms

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Parambir Singh Parmar has imposed a ban on carrying of firearms during wedding or any public event.

Roadways bus impounded by Delhi transport authorities, released later

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: A bus of the Jalandhar depot was reportedly impounded by the Delhi transport authorities for allegedly “not being able to produce the agreement copy of the Punjab Roadways with the Delhi Airport Parking Authority, which allows the entry of buses to the airport.

City lyricist’s song is ‘most popular’ number of year

City lyricist’s song is ‘most popular’ number of year

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: Jalandhar’s young lyricist Vicky Gill of the ‘Gaal ni kadni’ fame is basking in another achievement as his number has been declared as the most popular song of the year.

Teachers to meet CM on Dec 17

Teachers to meet CM on Dec 17

10 Dec 2018 | 1:53 AM

JALANDHAR: A day after the cancellation of transfers of as many as 96 teachers of the SSA/RMSA Union across the state, even as tempers still run high with SSA-RMSA teachers’ salaries slashed by less than half, the union is now pegging its hopes on a meeting with the CM on December 17.

Briefly

Man killed in mishap

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

Phagwara: Balkar Singh (40), was killed on the spot, when a speeding car hit him on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur Road here on Friday.

Four booked for encroaching upon land of cooperative society

09 Dec 2018 | 1:56 AM

PHAGWARA: On a complaint filed by Amarjit Singh, Secretary, Co-operative Agricultural Services Society Ltd, Chachrari village, the Goraya police have booked four persons, Gurdawar Singh, his brother Baljinder Singh, mother Charan Kaur, and wife Lakhwinder Kaur, under Sections 427, 447 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the charges of illegally encroaching upon the land of theco-operative society.

Intoxicating injections, heroin seized

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

Phagwara: The police have seized 27 intoxicating injections and 10 gm of heroin from Pardeep Kumar, a resident of Donewal Kuhurad village, and Davinder Kumar, a resident of Urban Estate, Phagwara.

Pensioners union to hold protest on Dec 21

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: A meeting of Cantt Mandal pensioners of the Pensioners Association was held under the patronage of Chamanjit Singh at Jandu Singha.

Youth from across globe take part in goodwill & fraternity camp550th Parkash utsav celebrations

Youth from across globe take part in goodwill & fraternity camp

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: Youth from various states and countries participated in the week-long ‘National Goodwill and Fraternity Camp’ held at Sultanpur Lodhi ahead of the 550th ‘Parkash Ustav’ to be celebrated next year.

Sale of fruits, veggies with stickers goes on unabated

Sale of fruits, veggies with stickers goes on unabated

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

In a notification issued recently to all district health officers and food safety teams, the State Food Commissioner has made it mandatory that from now onwards, fruits and vegetables with stickers applied on them should not be sold in the market.

Street plays to create awareness against AIDS

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: In an innovative initiative, aimed at creating awareness among people about AIDS in the city, the Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS) has roped in a professional team to sensitise masses about this bane at the grass-roots level.

Hotel mgmt student ends her life at PG

Hotel mgmt student ends her life at PG

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: A hotel management student committed suicide this afternoon by hanging from a ceiling fan of her paying guest (PG) accommodation at Master Tara Singh Nagar here.

Nigerian arrested with 255 gm of heroin

Nigerian arrested with 255 gm of heroin

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: A Nigerian national was arrested here today for reportedly supplying heroin.

Man dies at pvt hospital, kin allege negligence by docs

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: High drama was witnessed after the death of a male patient at a private hospital near Football Chowk here early this morning after his family members claimed medical negligence.

Another suspect held in realtor attack case

Another suspect held in realtor attack case

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: A team, led by SHO Omkar Singh Brar, arrested Harjinder Singh, alias Honey, a resident of Raj Nagar, near a checkpoint at Paragpur, GT Road.

Murder of Kartarpur resident

FIR lodged, no arrest so far

09 Dec 2018 | 1:54 AM

JALANDHAR: A day after Kartarpur resident Dimple Kartarpuria was gunned down by two assailants, with their faces covered, the Jalandhar police lodged an FIR against unidentified persons.

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