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Father of transfusion medicine
DMCH to celebrate Landsteiner’s birth anniversary
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 12
The Department of Transfusion Medicine at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here will celebrate the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, the father of transfusion medicine and the scientist credited with the discovery of ABO blood group system, in an elaborate manner on June 14.

Born in Vienna on June 14, 1868, Karl Landsteiner did his graduation in medicine from the University of Vienna in 1891. Stating this here today, Dr Amarjit Kaur, professor and head in the Department of Transfusion Medicine at DMCH, said that besides a blood donation camp, a seminar on safe blood transfusion and a lecture would also be organised in memory of the great scientist, who laid the foundation for the modern blood grouping system.

Focusing on the contribution of Karl Landsteiner, she observed that at that time, although it was known that the mixing of blood from two different individuals could result in clumping of red blood cells, the underlying mechanism of this phenomenon was not understood.

"In the year 1901, Landsteiner discovered human blood groups, which made the blood transfusions safer.He found that mixing blood from two individuals often led to blood clumping or agglutination.

The clumped red cells, would then crack up and caused toxic reactions, which had fatal consequences. Landsteiner also discovered that blood clumping was an immunological reaction and for a successful blood transfusion, ABO and Rh blood groups must be compatible between the donor blood and the recipient blood."

Dr Amarjit Kaur further remarked that in his most important discovery of the ABO human blood group system, he identified three antigens, which were named as A, B, O and AB.

For this discovery, Landsteiner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1930.His work made it possible to determine blood types and thus paved the way for blood transfusions to be carried out safely.

Karl Landsteiner had published 345 scientific articles, which included immunology of syphilis and other immunological factors.

"Now, almost after 100 years of discovery of the ABO blood group system, Landsteiner's contribution still remains of significant importance for the safe blood transfusion, she added.

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Medical camp
Our Correspondent

Amloh, June 12
The panchayat of Rayyewal village, near here, organised a medical camp yesterday with the help of Master Dharam Singh.

As many as 150 patients were examined by a team of doctors under the supervision of Dr Vikas Kaushal of Mandi Gobindgarh.

The camp was inaugurated by sarpanch Bhajan Singh. Medicines were given free of cost at the camp.

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Cricket Tournament
Mankaran leads Mahajan XI to victory
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
Mankaran Singh, a student of Sacred Heart Convent, Sarabha Nagar, scored a quick-fire 81 off just 42 balls as Mahajan XI defeated Super Club by 73 runs.

They registered their second consecutive victory on the third day of the 11th Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (u-14) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at Arya College ground here.

Batting first after winning the toss, Mahajan XI made 195 runs after losing just one wicket in the allotted 25 overs. Mankaran’s blistering innings included 13 boundaries and a six. He remained not out. Parul Mehdiratta of Jain Public School, Benjamin road, matched Mankaran by remaining unbeaten on 57.

Super Club, in reply, scored 122 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Gurjot contributed 27 runs while Pushkin made 17, Abhinav Bhatia and Rishabh notched up 14 and 13, while Sidak made 7.

For Mahajan XI, Nikhil became the most successful bowler by claiming three wickets for 4 runs in five overs. Chirag Maria and Dipin Chitkara chipped in with two wickets each, conceding 23 and 7 runs respectively. Sahil Sood claimed one wicket for 10 runs.

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Cricket coaching clinic
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 12
Sweltering heat has failed to discourage the spirited trainees who are attending a summer cricket coaching clinic here at the Punjab Agricultural University campus grounds.

As many as 35 young budding cricketers (9 to 19 years) have been attending the clinic since June 7 which will culminate on June 26.

Giving details of the clinic, Amrik Singh Nagra, cricket coach said that during the first session, they stress upon physical fitness, agility, endurance besides other drills while the second session includes lectures on various aspects of the game. The trainees are informed about the injuries, treatment and diet through video slides.

"Renowned personalities, including sportspersons and health specialists, have also been invited to interact with the trainees. They share their experiences with the players which will help them to improve upon," Nagra added.

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PSEB assures normal power supply
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The Punjab State Electricity Board(PSEB) today assured that there would be no major power cuts as of now, not even in immediate future, even after it has started supplying eight-hour power to the rural sector.

The PSEB authorities told The Tribune here today that the unscheduled cuts witnessed during last few days were not due to any shortage, but due to the "system adjustments" that usually take sometime after the supply was started to the rural sector from June 10.

PSEB Chief Engineer B.S Bath maintained that even after the regular eight- hour supply to the rural sector, there would not be any shortage in the urban domestic supply.

Besides, he pointed out, the weekly off introduced in the industrial sector had also provided relief for ensuring smooth electricity supply.

About some recent unscheduled power cuts, Bath said it was due to the initial hiccups and the time the system takes for synchronisation after regular eight-hour supply to the rural sector was started.

He said the system had already stabilised and there are no major power cuts. He said there might be some cuts for a few minutes due to trip down, but not for the shortage of power.

The PSEB Chief Engineer said even the purchase of the electricity was being properly monitored. He hoped that there would not be any major problem as long as the supply was concerned.

Currently, there is only one-hour scheduled power cut introduced in the city. He said the city had been divided into three sections and the one-hour power cut was being rotated in each section.

In fact, the reading on the monitor that was indicative of the power supply in the northern grid installed in Bath's office is also stable so far. Once the demand supply ratio is balanced, the reading on the monitor comes to 50.

He said even if it goes down to 49.5, the power situation is considered to be normal. If it goes below this reading, then there is shortage. Currently, the monitor reads around 49.7.

Bath pointed out the PSEB had maintained the supply smoothly even in the peak hours as the summer continues to be at its hottest level.He assured that the situation would continue to remain stable and there was no need to panic.

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Work starts on service lane along Ferozepur Road
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The Municipal Corporation (MC) has finally embarked on the controversial development of a service lane from Bharat Nagar Chowk to Arti Chowk here that was getting delayed owing to several reasons for the past few years.

Aimed at easing out traffic chaos on the Ferozepore Road, the MC has allotted the work to a contractor even before the allotment was cleared by the F&CC committee and the Local Bodies Department was yet to give its nod.

While the MC faces a daunting task in carrying out the work that would mean demolishing several pucca and kutcha structures in front of several establishments that would come in the way, the civic body authorities said they were determined to get the work completed in the larger interest of the city.

The service lane would also be developed in front of a five star hotel, owned by a Congress leader.

Sources said that it was after the insistence of an Akali leader that the work worth Rs 37.80 lakh was being carried out in a jiffy.

They pointed out that the tenders for the work were opened on June 6 and the contractor was asked to start the work within a week from opening of the tenders.

They argued that very few development works were allotted at the civic body's level only no matter how urgent the work was.

They claimed it was only due to the ‘‘fight’’ between the political bigwigs that the work was finally being carried out.

Joint Commissioner M.S. Kainth, however, denied that there was any political interference in the work.

He added that the MC authorities were entrusted with the powers to release a work order to a contractor with minimum quotation if the work was important and needed to be done on priority.

He added that earlier a case related to the development of service lane was lying pending in a court. But recently, the writ was disposed of.

The matter was no more sub judice and hence the MC was going ahead with the work.

He said that even the long-pending standoff between the MC and forest officials was sorted out amicably as the civic body had agreed to compensate the Forest Department for using their land to develop the service lane.

The service lane touches the boundary walls of the mini- secretariat , police offices, several hotels and several commercial establishments.

The land is all encroached upon and used for parking. Apart from temporary road side vendors, a number of dhabas and tea stalls that cater to the mini- secretariat would have to be removed.

The contractor has already started the work by depositing sand to on the roadside to raise the plinth level. Several machines have already been deployed on the spot.

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Govt committed to development: MP
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 12
The SAD-BJP government was fully committed to the fast development of the state and during a short span of time it had launched infrastructure projects to the tune of Rs 25000 crore.

This was stated by Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, MP and president, AIYAD, while addressing a function organised by senior citizens at the Senior Citizen Bhavan, Randhir Singh Nagar, here today.

Inspite of inheriting a huge debt of Rs 52000 crore, the state government had managed to arrange sufficient funds for the infrastructure projects and had extracted thousands of crores under GOI schemes which the Congress had failed to pursue during their term, he added.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had succeeded in launching two World Bank-aided projects worth Rs 2780 crore to improve water supply to the rural areas and rehabilitating road infrastructure in the state.

These projects included the Rs 1280- crore Punjab water supply and sanitation project to augment potable water supply to over 3000 villages, besides sewerage facility to over 100 villages, he said.

With the completion of this project in the next five years, Punjab would become the first state with 100 per cent coverage of water supply to all 12,267 villages of the state.

The second project involving rehabilitation and widening of 1300-km roads at a cost of Rs 1500 crore,is the largest- ever road sector project being undertaken in Punjab, he added.

Dhillon asserted that the state had already started fulfilling the promises made to people during the election. He said the loans of 26,000 Dalits and poor families had been waived by the government providing to them a benefit of Rs 14 crore within a few days after taking over and grant for the construction of houses for the houseless families had also enhanced from Rs 20000 to Rs 50000.

The MP said that the SAD-BJP government would provide a transparent, efficient and corruption-free governance and said that corrupt officers would not be spared at any cost.

He said that out of his MPLAD quota of Rs 2 crore, funds amounting to Rs 20 lakh each would be spent on development works in each of the nine Vidhan Sabha constituencies.

Appreciating the social activities of the members of Senior Citizens Bhavan, he said that the senior citizens were most respectful section of our society and assured that he would make maximum use of their experience in strengthening the community services.

Referring to the demand of senior citizens, he announced that a new block costing around Rs 8 lakh would be constructed by the Municipal Corporation in the bhavan shortly.

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