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Pulse polio camps
: As many as 118 teams of medical staff remained active in administering polio drops in the town and its surrounding areas on the second day of pulse polio camps. Dr Indu Malhotra, SDM, Malerkotla, visited the town to supervise the vaccination drive and went to some houses to administer polio drops to children who did not turn up at camps on Sunday.

FREE MEDICINES GIVEN: Around 125 TB patients were provided with free medicines at the Freedom Fighter Lala Sunam Rai, M.A. Memorial Welfare Centre by the Social Welfare Society on Sunday. The medicines were distributed by Mr Krishan Lal Kubba, former Platoon Commander of Punjab Home Guard, and Mr Khushwant Rai Dahuja, former Executive Officer.

Polio Camp
: The Helping Organisation for Poor and Excluded (HOPE) organised a free polio camp on Sunday. Ms Suman Bakshi, president, HOPE, inaugurated the camp. Three hundred children were administered polio drops.

Inaugurated: A polio camp was organised by the Civil Defence Committee on the Guru Nanak Pura Main road here on Sunday. The camp was inaugurated by Mr H.S. Rana, chief of the Civil Defence Committee. The other members of the committee also participated. More than 200 children were administered polio drops.

Camp: A pulse polio camp was organised under the leadership of Youth Congress leader Kewal Arora. About 200 children were given polio drops. Mr Parminder Mehta, secretary, Punjab Congress, inaugurated the camp. Pandit Ved Prakash, Sewa Ram, Balvir Billa, Ravinder Bittu and Dr K.K. Kharbanda were present on the occasion.

Medical Camp: The Atri Times Eye Research Foundation organised the 46th medical camp at Sangeet Cinema Street No 6 here on Monday. Ms Shobha Ahuja, a social worker, inaugurated the camp. The president of the foundation, Mr Arun Atri, said the foundation had organised a number of eye camps, undertaken marriages of poor girls, rendered services to handicapped and even performed last rites of unclaimed bodies.

HEALTH CLUB: The Regent Health Club was inaugurated on Sunday at 307-C, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, by Mr Tanveer Singh Dhaliwal, president, Ludhiana Students Union. He said the students would be trained at concessional rates, besides other benefits. Mr Tanveer said the union would organise a medical camp once and blood donation camps twice in a year.

Lohri Mela: The Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch, Punjab, will organise a Lohri mela on January 10 at Punjabi Bhavan. This was stated by Mr K.K. Bawa, president, Malwa Sabhyacharak Manch. Its convener, Mr Pawan Diwan, said Gene Zwoz Desky, Community Development Minister, Canada, would be the chief guest.

awareness camp: A five-day awareness generation programme for women began at Joti Model School, Ramgarh Bhullar, on Monday. Organised by the Jagraon Citizens Welfare Council, the progamme would include lectures by social activists, doctors, advocates, educationists and specialists from the various fields on the status of women, social evils, dowry system, female foeticide and vocational training. Dr Ashok Sharma, chairman, and Mr Baldev Singh, project coordinator, said that this programme would be followed by a workshop wherein women would be trained in various fields.

Braille Remembered: The Rashtriya Netarheen Sangharsh Samiti organised a function to mark the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the father of Braille language at the Blind and Deaf and Dumb School here on Monday. The patron of the Society for Welfare of Handicapped, Mr Amar Singh Kamboj, was the chief guest on the occasion. On the occasion, visually impaired students of the school enthralled the audience with their performance in a cultural programme organised by the society. Mr Kamboj appreciated the efforts made by the students. The general secretary of the Samiti, Mr Malkit Singh and President, Mr Kishori, also spoke. 

STRAY DOGS: Prof Hamdardvir Nausheharvi, a retired senior college teacher and noted writer, has urged the authorities to check stray dogs which are a big hurdle for society. He appealed to the health authorities to make a standing policy to kill stray dogs once in every month. He added that steps should also be taken solve the problem of stray cows.

Gurpurb: The birth anniversdary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated in all the gurdwaras here. The gurdwaras were decorated. Free langar was arranged.

NSS CAMP: In a series of lectures being organised at an NSS camp held at Malwa College, Bondli (Samrala), Panjabi writer Hamdardvir Nausheharvi delivered a lecture on the eighth day of the camp. He elaborated the problems of corruption, lack of education facilities and health infrastructure in hospitals. Mrs Kailash Battla, municipal councilor of Phillaur, was the chief guest. She donated Rs 5,100 to the college. Prof Baldeep Singh, Dean, Students Welfare, spoke about the status of women in society and advised the NSS volunteers to work for building a healthy society.



DISTRIBUTED: Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee’s deputy spokesperson Pradeep Chauhan said on Monday that they had distributed woollens among needy persons. Dr Chauhan said the woollens were distributed to mark gurpurb in Gulab Mandi, Dudhla Mandi, Bazigar Colony and other neighbouring colonies.

Blood donation: The local Blood Donors Council organised a blood donation camp at Gurdwara Manji Sahib to mark Guru Gobind Singh’s birth anniversary on Monday. The secretary of the council Dr Kuldeep Singh, said 98 units of blood were collected. A blood bank team, headed by Dr B.P. Sharma, conducted the camp. The Rotary Club Ambala Central helped in organising the camp. Mr Tejinder Singh Walia donated blood for the 86th time while Dr Pradeep Snehi donated blood for 63rd time.

RED CROSS AID: The district Red Cross Society collected 1005 units of blood in 2003. The society also distributed artificial limbs worth Rs 1.20 lakh among 90 persons and tri-cycles worth Rs 1.48 lakh to 50 persons and hearing-aids to 18 persons, said Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday.



SENTENCED: Mr P.D. Goyal, District and Sessions Judge here convicted Rajesh Bashiyat a national of Nepal and sentenced him to seven years in jail and fined him Rs 50,000 for keeping one kilogram of charas.


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