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Diabetic retinopathy:
The Bathinda Ophthalmologic Society organized a lecture on the burning topic of diabetic retinopathy here yesterday. Prof. Dinesh Garg of Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, warned of the threat of blindness due to diabetes. He lamented that diabetes has emerged as the biggest cause of preventable blindness in India that is going to be the diabetic capital of the world in the next ten years. Dr JS Sra of Bathinda highlighted the role of surgical management of diabetic retinopathy. More than 40 eye surgeons attended the deliberations in Bathinda, said Dr Amrit Sethi, former president of the Punjab unit of the IMA. 

Special camps for women:
To resolve complaints of sufferer women, the Punjab State Women Commission (PSWC) will organise special camps. A PSWC spokesman said chairperson Gurdev Kaur Sangha and member Ranjit Kaur Bhatti would hold camps at Circuit House, Jalandhar, on May 25 for Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana. Pushpinder Kaur Majboor and Kiranjot Kaur, both members of the commission, would redress complaints for Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Gurdaspur at Panchayat Bhawan, Gurdaspur, at 9am to 5pm. 

Eight mini-buses challaned: In its drive to check the use of pressure horns, the traffic police today challaned eight mini-buses. Sub-Inspector, Kulwant Singh Lehra, who was carrying out the drive, said the police would not spare such violators. ‘‘We will continue with our drive till the violation is checked,’’ said Lehra.



CAMPUS Seminar: Department of political science in collaboration with ICSSR northwest regional centre, Panjab University, will organise a two-day national seminar on “Emerging Centres and Peripheries in South Asia” from May 25 at ICSSR. Samir Das from University of Calcutta will deliver the keynote address said Bhupinder Brar, director, ICSSR, northwest regional centre. 

Workshop: A five-day workshop sponsored by the Distance Education Council on “E-learning: Content Management System” organised by University School of Open Learning at University Institute of Engineering and Technology, PU, was inaugurated by Renu Vig, director, UIET, here on Monday. The aim was to sensitise the faculty of USOL to the basics of providing on-line material. Renu Vig spoke of transformation of teaching from classroom to on-line learning through grid and cloud computing and resource sharing technologies.

Promoted: On the recommendations of the Departmental Promotion Committee held by the Union Public Service Commission, the Chandigarh administration has promoted Assistant District Attorney Jagmohan Singh as the Deputy District Attorney, law and prosecution department, UT, with immediate effect

Health dept team inspects Lohgarh
: A Health Department team, led by senior Dr Deepak Bhatia and Civil Surgeon PK Sridhar, today visited the Lohgarh village and inspected the condition of the suspected typhoid and other water-borne diseases patients. The team also inspected the health camp organized there and checked the preventive measures given by the local health team to the patients. 



Girl commits suicide:
A teenaged girl, Saroj Yadav (18), daughter of late Sher Singh Yadav, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself in Dhani Kolana village, near Khol, on Sunday. The police, which held inquest proceedings, said she took the extreme step as she was apparently in a state of depression owing to the demise of her father, who was done to death by his adversaries in November 2009.

Dental treatment centre: Haryana is the only state in the country that has been providing free-of-cost medicines to patients in the OPD of its civil hospitals. This was stated by Asha Hooda, vice-chairperson of the Haryana Bal Kalyan Parishad and wife of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, while inaugurating a private dental treatment centre here on Monday. She said the state government was committed towards establishing new standards in the health care. 

Villager attacked: Sunder Pal of Jakholi village was allegedly attacked and stabbed by seven persons - Dheer Singh, Charan Singh, Rajinder Singh, Neeraj, Manoj, Vikki and Sanjay - of the same village on Sunday when he refused to withdraw his nomination for the panch’s post in his ward in the village. His brother Kiranpal was also injured when he tried to rescue Sunder Pal. The Rai police has registered a case against the alleged accused. However, no one has been arrested so far. Sunder Pal has been admitted to the Civil Hospital and is reported to be out of danger. The incident took place when Sunder Pal, who had filed his nomination papers on Saturday, was returning to his house from the cowshed. 

Gymnasium opened: The Rotary Club of Sonepat donated a multi-station gymnasium to the District Women’s Hockey Association on women hockey grounds in Industrial Area here on Sunday. Inaugurating the gym, district governor of the Rotary Ashish Ghosh promised to continue to provide help to girls practising on the ground. The occasion was marked by a friendly hockey match between Delhi girls-11 and Sonepat girls-11, in which Sonepat girls won by 3-0.


Five injured
: Five persons were seriously injured when the Maruti van in which they were travelling swerved off the road and overturned near Bharmour, about 70 km from here, on Sunday. Local people rushed the victims to Bharmour Hospital for treatment where the condition of two was stated to be critical and were referred to Regional Hospital at Chamba. The injured have been identified as Gopal, Ashwani Kumar, Abhi Raj, Rajesh Kumar and Vijay Kumar. The vehicle was on its way from Bharmour to Poolan. A case had been registered. 

791 vehicles challaned: In a special campaign, the police has challaned 791 vehicles for negligence under the Motor Vehicle Act during the past 10 days, SP Madhu Sudan Sharma said on Monday. The SP said 93 vehicles were challaned for rash driving, 79 for driving with wrong stereo usage and nine for using mobiles while driving, and besides two were challaned for drunken driving. The SP cautioned the vehicle owners to drive safely taking all deterrent measures to avoid any risk towards untoward incident. 

Balika Samridhi Yojna: As many as 17,038 girls have been benefited under “Balika Samridhi Yojna” in 2009-10 as compared to 13,504 during the previous year. A spokesman of the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment said here on Monday that from class I to X a scholarship ranging from Rs 300-1,000 was being provided and 6,416 newborn girls were given a grant of Rs 500. He said under “Beti Hai Anmol” scheme girls born in BPL families would now get a grant of Rs 5,100 up to two girls and a scholarship up to class X. 

Raising Day: The Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam organised a series of events in connection with its 23rd Raising Day over the past four days. The celebrations commenced on May 19 with a blood donation camp, which was followed by a 6 km cross-country race for employees and members of their families from three different places. The cross-country races were organised to spread the message of “save energy”.


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