Vandana Singh is a chief content producer with the Hindustan Times and works on the Delhi desk.
Articles by Vandana Singh
The district witnessed more cases of swine flu this time as compared to the last couple of years. With this, the claims of the authorities concerned of having made appropriate preparations to tackle this deadly disease fall flat.
In a scene straight out of a Bollywood comedy, two newborns got swapped by mistake at the Mother-Child Hospital, attached to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, here on Friday.
Despite the administration's tall claims of a full preparation to fight H1N1 influenza virus, the district witnessed more cases of swine flu as compared to last year and also a higher mortality rate.
Saturday remained a hectic day for the officials and booking office clerks of the railway station as their morning started with the news of 'missing' `13.8 lakh from the booking office coffer. A lot of chaos was witnessed till 3 pm as there was no clue whether the money was stolen, has gone missing or has been misplaced.
When a girl steps outside her home, a fear follows her all the way. Increasing cases of rape, eve teasing and sexual harassment in public places has also triggered this fear in their minds.
In a bid to ensure cleanliness at the Ludhiana railway station, the authorities are planning to outsource the cleaning work. The railways is facing the shortage of staff, particularly the Class IV employees, so maintaining cleanliness at the station remains a Herculean task for them.
Now, patients and their relatives can get quality food and drink products at the government hospitals, as the Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC) has decided to open Verka booths at sub-divisional and civil hospitals.
Ludhiana district may soon get the status of smoke/tobacco-free district, as the team of doctors from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has given a positive report for the compliance study conducted in Ludhiana, the sources stated.
Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, has formed a public grievance committee to look into the complaints of the patients or their relatives regarding treatments in the hospitals or by the doctors. Dr Narotam Dewan, general and laparoscopic surgeon, Dewan Hospital and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Centre, Ludhiana, has been appointed as chairman of the committee.
Though the district administration and health department had invited a team from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh and State Tobacco Control Programme to get the status of smoke/tobacco free city for Ludhiana, the very basic rule of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) is being violated.
Police department's tall claims of being prepared to maintain law and peace in the city on Holi proved to be not enough to control the hooligans, as more than 255 emergency cases were reported in the Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on Friday, including 99 Medico Legal Reports (MLR).
Holi, the festival of colours, attracts all, especially kids but its after-effects make the people worried as every year a large number of people suffer from skin injuries or allergies caused by the chemical-based colours. Experts say that precautionary measures should be kept in mind to keep such problems at bay.
Ludhiana railway station will be developed as a model station, as proposed in this budget and for this the divisional railway manager (DRM), Ferozepur division, Anuj Prakash, has asked the local authorities to send him a proposal for the same.
The maiden railway budget of Union minister of railways Suresh Prabhu has failed to appease the industrialists of Ludhiana.
The residents of Ludhiana have high expectations from the railway budget as they seek better facilities at the city railway station. The railway budget is to be presented in Lok Sabha on February 26.
With the split in the SAD-BJP and the Congress not contesting on any seat, no party seems stand united for the municipal council elections in Raikot.
The issue of contaminated water supply in Raikot has been haunting the residents for years but despite making promises, the politicians have done nothing in this direction so far, say area residents.
The process of declaring Ludhiana tobacco/smoke-free district is on the waiting list since August 2014, as the health department is not getting due co-operation from other departments.
The Ferozepur-Chandigarh Mail (train No. 14613/14) was flagged off here on Monday. The train will connect the city with Chandigarh as well as Ferozepur.
The health department has issued guidelines to the schools and colleges to avoid organising big gatherings to avoid the spread of swine flu.
Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) chairman Romila Dubey and other members had to face resentment and anger from city industrialists in a public hearing meeting held to take suggestions on tariff revision held at the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) office at Ferozepur Road here on Friday.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against five railways officials, including station superintendent, Ludhiana, RK Sharma, in connection with the two-year old Rs 6.09 crore advertisement scam.
The reports of samples of two H1N1 swine flu suspects from Ludhiana were found to be negative. District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said this here on Saturday, while confirming that no swine flu case has been reported from Ludhiana this year till now.
A middle-aged woman had a very narrow escape, as she fell on the platform while trying to catch the running train at city railway station on Monday. She only received minor injuries.
The kite flying tradition on the Lohri in city left many injured, even on the main roads, on Tuesday. These kite strings made travel on the roads difficult, especially for those who were on two wheelers. The children who were running to catch the kites, created chaos on the roads and hindered traffic
Punjab State National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) has issued guidelines to be followed by organisers and doctors wanting to hold eye surgery camps in the state.
Regular power cuts in the Focal Point area of the city, which includes domestic as well as industrial consumers on large scale, has made the people face tough time.
The five-in-one vaccination-Pentavalent vaccine programme-was launched in the state on Wednesday, but kids in Ludhiana will have to wait for a few days to get this vaccination, as training of a few auxiliary nursing midwife’s (ANM’s) in urban area is pending.
Patients are a harried lot in absence of permanent psychiatrist at the de-addiction centre of Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital.