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NIMA docs asked to promote national health programmes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 13
Civil Surgeon Dr Sat Pal Sharma today asked the functionaries of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) to lend their cooperation for implementation of the national health programmes, particularly the National Tuberculosis Eradication Programme in the wake of increasing incidence of the disease in the mega city.

He was talking to a delegation of the local branch of NIMA, which met him to discuss various health programmes and possible areas of cooperation between NIMA members and officials of the Health Department.

Dr Rajesh Thapar, president of the association led the delegation, which comprised Dr Surendra Gupta, secretary, Dr Satinder Kakar, Dr K.K. Kharbanda, Dr P.P Singh, Dr Ashok Verma and Dr Manjit Singh Dhaliwal.

Lauding the positive role of NIMA in improving the healthcare scenario in the city, Dr Sharma exhorted the NIMA members to actively participate in all national health programmes. The focus of the medical fraternity ought to be on tuberculosis, he stressed, since the influx of migrant population had led to greater incidence of the disease.

He asked the NIMA members to send all suspected patients to microscopy centres for free sputum examination as past experience had showed that more than 12 per cent cases with symptoms of cough for more than 15 days were found to be sputum positive cases of tuberculosis. These untreated cases were the main source of spreading the disease in society.

The NIMA doctors could also join hands to provide free medical treatment to tuberculosis patients under DOTS regimen.

According to Dr Sharma, other areas where NIMA members could lend significant assistance were family planning, awareness and education about AIDS, skewed sex ratio in Punjab, drug de-addiction and the menace of female feticide. 

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Coaching Centre XI registers second win
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 13
Coaching Centre XI registered 6-wicket win over Pankaj Club to record second victory in a row on the fourth 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 today.

Put into bat, Pankaj Club scored 109 for the loss of nine wickets in 25 overs. The main scorers were Suraj (22), Harpreet (14), Shubham (13) and Viren (10). Sumil made 9 runs while Ricky Singla scored 7

For the Coaching Centre, Nimit took two wickets for 8 runs and Rahul grabbed one for 9 runs. Harjot, Tejas and Ankit too scalped one victim each.

Chasing a modest target, Coaching Centre found no difficulty and made the required runs in the 15th over after losing just four wickets. Skipper, Tejas scored 23 runs, followed by Gurneet who made 22 runs. Harjot Singh remained unbeaten on 21 while Rohan and Nimit scored 8 and 6 runs, respectively.

Suraj of Pankaj Club captured three wickets for 26 runs while Shubham claimed one wicket for 31 runs.

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Cricket trials tomorrow
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, June 13
Trials to select the Ludhiana probables for the forthcoming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at different venues will be conducted at Arya College ground, Ludhiana on June 15 at 4.45 pm.

Giving this information, Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association, said 25 players would be picked up who would attend training-cum- coaching camp at the same venue prior to their participation in this tournament.

During the course of the camp, former Ranji players would visit the venue and give tips to the players,Chitkara added.

Meanwhile, a three- member selection committee has been formed to supervise the trials on Friday. They include Chaman Lal Malhotra, chairman, selection committee, Punjab (seniors), Sham Lal and Pawan Pandey.

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Improvement Trust gets a new EO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 13
Residents of the city have finally got a reprieve as they can get their works done from the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) as the Local Bodies Department has appointed a new Executive Officer of the trust.

E.O Avtar Singh Azad has joined the LIT and while interacting with mediapersons here said he would streamline the works and was already in the process of clearing the backlog.

He said many works were pending and soon after joining last week, he had started clearing the files.

The residents of the city, who had to get their works done from the Improvement Trust had been suffering after the Vigilance Bureau nabbed the former EO D.C. Garg and Chief Engineer Manmohan Singh in the City Centre Scam.

He added that with Additional Executive Officer S.C. Soni also joining the trust, the residents could hope that their pending works would be completed soon.

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District authorities appreciate teacher-training seminars
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 13
Showing satisfaction over conduct of seminars under the aegis of Sarv Sikhya Abhyan at various schools in the area, the district education authorities at Sangrur, Ludhiana and Jagraon have called upon the teachers to make maximum use of the knowledge they acquire at these seminars to raise the standard of education.

While talking to Ludhiana Tribune after addressing the teachers of block I and II at Government Senior Secondary School, Kanganwal, and MGMN Senior Secondary School, DEO (E) Sangrur Gurtej Singh Grewal claimed that a majority of the participants had been very receptive to the training imparted during the past 12 days. "But we want to make sure that the benefit percolates to the depths of the education system and reaches the students," said Grewal, adding that the participants had been directed to make maximum use of the acquired knowledge for the benefit of the students.

DIET Jagraon principal Ajmer Singh Aulakh and GITC Ludhiana principal Gurdeep Kaur while addressing the seminars at Kartar Singh Dukki Government Senior Secondary School, Latala, and Government Senior Secondary School, Dehlon, respectively, reminded them of their duty to help the students from the lower strata of the society.

"As the parents of these students cannot afford to get them extra tuition and other teaching aids, they depend on you for all their educational needs. You must use the techniques illustrated by experts in various fields, for the benefit of all students including special students," said Aulakh at the seminar he addressed.

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