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SEMINAR: The Fortis Heart Institute and Multi-Speciality Hospital organised a medical seminar here on Sunday which was attended by over 50 doctors. The seminar was addressed by senior Fortis doctors Dr G.S. Kalra, Head, Cardiology, and Dr V. Sarwal, Consultant, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery. Dr Kalra said 50,000 to 60,000 operations were performed every year in India where coronary artery diseases occurred in the 35-55 age group. In the West it happened after 55.

MEDICAL CAMP: The local branch of Shri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Charitable Eye Hospital, Sohana, organised a free eye and dental check-up camp at its hospital in Sirhind town on Sunday. According to Mr Swarn Singh, in charge of the hospital, a team of specialised doctors examined more than 385 eye patients and 185 dental patients. Medicines were given free of cost. 

: A three-day painting workshop for mentally challenged students of Nirdosh began here on Monday. The workshop is being organised by the Rainbow Coaching Centre. Ms Sukhraj Kaur, head of the Rainbow Coaching Centre, said, “The students were given papers, pencils by the club, while colours were sponsored by Camlin.” The Principal of Nirdosh, Mr Surat Singh, said the students’ response was tremendous.

Camp: A free eye check-up camp for industrial workers was organized by Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Limited in Vardhman Workers Colony here on Monday. Mr V.K. Goyal, chief executive, inaugurated the camp. Dr S.M. Bhatti, professor and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, gave tips on eye care. A team of doctors from CMC conducted the camp. Medicines, were also provided to them free of cost.

BHOG HELD: The bhog ceremony of Mr Avtar Singh Madevi, district general secretary of the Shiromani Akali Dal, who died due to a heart attack here on May 8, was held at his native village, Madevi, near here, on Sunday. He was a former chairman of the Market Committee, Malerkotla. The bhog was largely attended by Akali leaders and workers, including Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, member of Parliament. 

Thieves held
: The district police on Sunday busted a gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of Balbir Singh, alias Kala, and Gurmeet Singh, residents of Shushak village. A stolen Hero Honda and a tractor were found in their possession.

: Prof Kuldip Singh of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, got maximum votes in the election to the executive committee of the PCCTU. The election was held at Lyalpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, on Sunday. Out of 11 post of executive committee members, three were occupied by candidates from Ludhiana area. Other two from the area are Mr Baldeep Singh of Malwa Khalsa College, Bondli Samrala, and Prof Kuldeep Kumar Batta of Gobind National College, Narangwal.

: The people for the area have sought change in school timings due to scorching heat. In various other districts of the state, the school timings had already been changed, they said. Member of the Block Samiti Kuldip Singh Jatiwal, former chairman of the Market Committee Gurcharan Singh Mithewal, Mr Ranjit Singh and councillor Ujagar Singh have criticised the Education Department for postponing summer holidays. Earlier, these were to begin from May 16.

: Resentment prevails among Punjabi Raj Pensioners Mahasangh against the Punjab Government for not inviting its leaders for discussing the demands of the pensioners for the past more than two years. The Punjab Pensioners had sought a discussion with the Chief Minister, Finance Minister, Pension Minister and Pension Secretary, but in vain. A meeting has been called on May 23 in this regard.



DISCUSSION: The Terapanth Jain Mahila Mandal organised a discussion on the “Role of women in development of society” at Anuvarat Bhavan, Sector 24, Chandigarh, on Sunday under the chairmanship of Muni Vinay Kumar ‘Aalok’ and Muni Abhay Kumar. The stage was conducted by Madhu Bala, youth officer in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, who spoke on the evils of dowry and female foeticide. Ms DheeraKhandewal, Director, Mahila Baal Kalyan Nigam, was the chief guest and she spoke about the role that could be played by women, especially even by housewives.

BOOK FAIR: A seven-day book fair began at Vivek High School here on Monday. It began with an interactive session by Mr Mathew Panamkat, an educationist from Delhi. 



: Kiran Bala, a resident of Hisar enrolled with the Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) here, has bagged the gold medal in postgraduate diploma in translation examination conducted by the university in June 2003. She was honoured with the medal at the convocation function of the university held on its campus in Delhi.

TRUCKS STOLEN: A truck of cement was stolen in the city. According to the police, the truck (HPE-191) belonging to Rajinder Pal of Yamunanagar carrying 200 bags of cement, parked near Kanhaiya Sahib Chowk, was stolen on Saturday. A case has been registered. Another truck was stolen from Harbanspura Colony. Harpreet Singh had parked his truck (HYX-4970) outside his residence. When he came out, he found the truck missing.


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