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Rallies, contests mark World AIDS Day
Jalandhar, December 1

Various AIDS awareness programmes were organised in the city today to mark World AIDS Day. Carrying placards and banners, students of various schools converged at Red Cross Bhavan to spread awareness. An interactive session was also organised.

Spurt in walk-in cases for HIV detection
Jalandhar, December 1
Fear psychosis associated with AIDS detection seems to be fast getting off as Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing Centre at the Jalandhar Civil Hospital is getting a large number of walk-in cases as compared to the previous years.

Protest against statue defacement
Hoshiarpur, December 1
Activists of various Dalits organizations, led by Mr Anil Kumar Bagha, President, Dr Ambedkar Youth Club, held a meeting at Ravi Dass temple here on Friday in protest against the desecration of a statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar in Kanpur on Wednesday. At the meeting all speakers condemned the incident and demanded action against the guilty.




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BSP activists collect buntings after the "Nirnayak Bano Sankalp Maha rally" of the party chief Ms Mayawati at Tajpur village near Jalandhar on Friday
BSP activists collect buntings after the "Nirnayak Bano Sankalp Maha rally" of the party chief Ms Mayawati at Tajpur village near Jalandhar on Friday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra

Smuggling on the rise on border: BSF
Jalandhar, December 1
Trans-border crime cases registered by the BSF related to smuggling of fake currency notes, drugs and arms have increased this year as against the previous year.

BJP bats for Sidhu
Jalandhar, December 1
The Punjab unit of the BJP has decided that it will stand by Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu in the hour of crisis. Mr Vijay Sampla, general secretary, said the party was waiting for the complete judgment and would provide Mr Sidhu all kind of legal and moral support.

Pawan Tinu, others expelled from BSP
Jalandhar, December 1
In-fighting between two local BSP leaders reached a climax today when the President of the Punjab unit, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, expelled his arch rival Pawan Kumar Tinu, general secretary, and his two aides from the party for “anti-party activities”.

Media condemns incident
Jalandhar, December 1
At a meeting of the Punjab Press Club, journalists condemned the Kharar incident in which a photojournalist of an English daily was beaten up and abused by police officials.

 

 

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Rallies, contests mark World AIDS Day
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 1
Various AIDS awareness programmes were organised in the city today to mark World AIDS Day.
Carrying placards and banners, students of various schools converged at Red Cross Bhavan to spread awareness. An interactive session was also organised.

The Manav AIDS Prevention and Care Society organised a rally of children. The rallyists covered 2 km beginning from the BMC chowk and culminating at the Ambedkar chowk via the Guru Nanak Mission chowk.

A poster-making, exhibition and interactive session was organised by the Citizens Welfare and Protection Council at the Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women. The participants of poster-making contest chose various social and causal factors related to the disease. Anuradha, Pallavi and Shweta were declared first, second and third, respectively.

Dr J.P. Singh, Civil Surgeon, Civil Hospital, said the use of sterilised syringes, tested blood and safe sex could help eliminate the disease.

Prof Anoop Kumar, general secretary of the council, said the event was held to spread awareness among young girls.

Spice Telecom, in association with the Red Cross Society, also organised a road show outside various colleges to spread awareness. College students were given red ribbons symbolising united effort against the dreaded virus. Educational pamphlets were also distributed.

“Bhoomi”, a band from DAV College, Chandigarh, went around for the road show to attract the youth.

Students of Government Senior Secondary School, Rahon, also made a unique effort to spread awareness. Thirty students along with staff boarded a train this morning from Rahon to Jejon in Nawanshahr distributing pamphlets among passengers on AIDS awareness printed by the Punjab AIDS Control Society, said Mr Rajan Bhardwaj, science teacher.

The Global Awareness Organisation, a social body, organised a camp at Transport Nagar here. During the camp, truck drivers were given leaflets pertaining to the causal effects and symptoms related to the infection. Near 150 truck drivers assembled at the camp and put up their queries. Mr Ravi Sharma, president, revealed that many truck drivers were still not clear about the concepts. He said those who confided with him about risk behaviour were asked to visit the testing centre in the Civil Hospital.

Vajra Corps celebrated the day by creating awareness among troops and families.

Lieut-General Noble Thamburaj, General Officer Commanding, Vajra Corps, said the armed forces had its own AIDS control programme under which thrust was given to information, education and communication, blood safety, sex education to adolescent, prevention of HIV from parent to child transmission and condom promotion.

HOSHIARPUR: The Health and Family Welfare Department organised a seminar on “Stop AIDS: Keep the promise” at Government Polytechnic College under the presidentship of Dr Kamaljeet Kaur, Civil Surgeon.

In her presidential address, Dr Kamaljeet Kaur stated that 6,000 persons were getting HIV infection every day all over the globe and one out of every eight persons having HIV is an Indian.

“In our country there are 5.2 million HIV positive, in Hoshiarpur district there are 130 persons HIV positive,” she said. Dr M.L. Puri, District Health Officer, said those persons who were not faithful to their spouse were more vulnerable to HIV as 85 per cent of HIV positive persons got this infection due to unsafe sexual practices.

The School Health Programme in charge, Dr Ajay Bagga, said 50 per cent of HIV positive persons are in the age group of 15 to 24. Under School Health Programme, awareness is being imparted to the schoolchildren above Class IX. Out of 4,151 secondary schools in Punjab, 2,000 schools would be covered during this academic year.

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Spurt in walk-in cases for HIV detection
Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 1
Fear psychosis associated with AIDS detection seems to be fast getting off as Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing Centre at the Jalandhar Civil Hospital is getting a large number of walk-in cases as compared to the previous years.

This reportedly happened ever since a nodal centre for AIDS treatment was set up in the hospital in September under the National AIDS Control Society (NACO). The AIDS Retro-viral Therapy (ART) provides free treatment to the patients who have been tested positive.

This year alone 404 males and 283 females came for testing, of whom 78 males and 32 females were detected HIV positive. The number also includes seven positive children, who contracted the infection through their mothers.

In November, 120 persons came for testing of whom 22 found positive.

Employees working in the detection centre said the cases coming to them were primarily of the age group from 16 to 35. They said boys simply walked in and confided in them of having shown risk behaviour. They said they were getting people from all walks of life, including those putting up abroad with their families settled here, truck drivers and some affluent people as well.

While men were the first ones to come, they were then asked to bring their wives and children next time in case they were detected positive. They said the arrival of women patients was far too low. They, however, said only one sex worker had come to the centre so far.

The employees said since there were just two ART centres in Punjab, one each in Jalandhar and Amritsar, they were getting patients from other districts as well, mostly Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Kapurthala.

The centre has been charging a minimal amount of Rs 10 for a series of tests which include Comb AIDS test, Tri-Dot test and Alysia test. In case, the report is confirmed, another CD-4 test is conducted for which sample is sent to the Amritsar centre. The CD-4 count calculates the advancement of the infection.

They said in case the count is less than 200, it indicates drastic reduction in number of lymphocytes and the treatment for increasing immunity is immediately followed.

The ART centre employees said 100 patients had come for counselling, of whom 80 patients were taking treatment.

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Protest against statue defacement
Tribune Reporters

Hoshiarpur, December 1
Activists of various Dalits organizations, led by Mr Anil Kumar Bagha, President, Dr Ambedkar Youth Club, held a meeting at Ravi Dass temple here on Friday in protest against the desecration of a statue of Dr B.R. Ambedkar in Kanpur on Wednesday. At the meeting all speakers condemned the incident and demanded action against the guilty.

Later, they started a protest march from the Government College chowk to main bazars and on the way they forced shopkeepers to close down their shops.

At Clock Tower, they were stopped by the SDM and the police and persuaded to call off their bandh. After mutual understanding, it was decided to observe the bandh from 1 pm to 3 pm. The shopkeepers opened their shops as soon as the protesters passed through their bazaars.

Meanwhile, activists of the BJP SC Morcha cell of the district unit led by Mr S.K. Azad, district president, and Mr Avtar Singh, vice-president of the state unit, burnt the effigy of Capt Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister, to politicise the issue of desecration. Mr R.N. Dhoke, SSP, said the protest remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any the town. Mr Sanjiv Walia, chairman, Public Anti Corruption Board of India, also condemned the incident.

PHAGWARA: A complete bandh was observed here on Friday in protest against the defacement of the statue.

Though the police headed by the ASP, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, made adequate security arrangments to prevent any untoward incident, hundreds of activists belonging to various Dalits organizations burnt effigies of the Prime Minister and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister near the Gol chowk.

They forced shopkeepers to close their shops.

However, tension prevailed in the town when several Dalits installed a new statue of Dr Ambedekar at the Bypass chowk on the Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road. 

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Smuggling on the rise on border: BSF
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 1
Trans-border crime cases registered by the BSF related to smuggling of fake currency notes, drugs and arms have increased this year as against the previous year.

A senior PRO of Punjab Frontier Headquarters, BSF, Jalandhar, Mr S.A. Khader, said this in a press note today.

Highlighting operational achievements of the force on the occasion of the 41st BSF Raising Day, he said fake currency to the tune of Rs 17.85 lakh had been seized this year as against Rs 11 lakh last year.

Mr Khader said the haul of drugs seized this year amounts to 56 kg of heroin, 24 kg of poppy husk and 2 kg of opium compared to 20 kg of heroin and 56 kg of poppy husk previous year. Fourteen pistols and 15 magazines were confiscated this year as compared to two pistols and three magazines last year, he added.

A meeting of the All-India Ex-Paramilitary Personnel Association was also organised on the occasion.

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BJP bats for Sidhu
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 1
The Punjab unit of the BJP has decided that it will stand by Mr Navjot Singh Sidhu in the hour of crisis.
Mr Vijay Sampla, general secretary, said the party was waiting for the complete judgment and would provide Mr Sidhu all kind of legal and moral support.

He said Mr Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP President, had instructed all workers in Punjab to provide support to Mr Sidhu.

The party members also held a demonstration in the city in his support.

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Pawan Tinu, others expelled from BSP
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 1
In-fighting between two local BSP leaders reached a climax today when the President of the Punjab unit, Mr Avtar Singh Karimpuri, expelled his arch rival Pawan Kumar Tinu, general secretary, and his two aides from the party for “anti-party activities”.

The two was on a rift with each other for the past few months and Mr Tinu was reportedly quite vocal on certain issues.

Mr Tinu had also been saying that the party should enter an alliance with another major political group in the state for the forthcoming elections as against the party decision taken earlier to fight the poll independently.

He had also burnt effigies of Mr Narinder Kashyap, national general secretary, and Mr Karimpuri on Tuesday, two days before Ms Mayawati’s visit in Jalandhar.

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Media condemns incident
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, December 1
At a meeting of the Punjab Press Club, journalists condemned the Kharar incident in which a photojournalist of an English daily was beaten up and abused by police officials.

While addressing the meeting, Mr R.N. Singh, president of the club, said such incidents amount to attack on Press freedom and could not tolerated by the fraternity. While issuing a memorandum to the Chief Minister, he said if an action against the erring cops was not taken within 48 hours the journalists would be forced to boycott the Chief Minister’s Vikas Yatra. They expressed solidarity with the Chandigarh Press Club.

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