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Station commander visits ECHS patients
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 17
Brigadier P.R. Deshpande, who recently took over as station commander, Ludhiana, visited Sidhu Hospital here today to inspect the various facilities available for the treatment of ECHS patients.

The hospital, one of the first in the rural sector of the district, has been recently empanelled by ministry of defence to provide free treatment to ex-servicemen and their dependents for various ailments.

During the visit to various departments of the hospital, Brigadier Deshpande interacted with ECHS patients undergoing treatment at the hospital.

The patients expressed satisfaction over the treatment being given to them.

Brigadier Deshpande was appreciative of the professional competence and involvement the doctors and staff in providing medical care to the patients.

Air Commodore N.S. Chahal, chief administrative officer of the hospital, while welcoming the visiting officer highlighted the various high-tech facilities available at the hospital and added that efforts would be made to provide best treatment to ECHS patients.

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Local lad selected for national camp for junior footballers
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 17
On the basis of consistent performance during the recent past, Amarwant Singh, an upcoming footballer from Bhookhri village, near here, has found a place in the list of 29 probables selected for the camp for the Indian junior team (u-19).

Amarwant is the only player from Punjab whose name figures in the list released by the Indian Football Federation. The camp is slated to start at Goa from August 1.

An 18- year- old, Amarwant, a trainee of Mahilpur Football Academy started playing football while studying in school at Dhanansu. In the very first year, he steered his school to emerge as district champion. Impressed by his skill, Amarwant was picked up by the Mahilpur academy where he improved his game further.

In the year 2005, while representing Punjab in the National Football Championship at Jammu and then in the Rural National Football Championship at Agra, Amarwant gave a stupendous performance to help Punjab to win gold medals.

In the North Zone Football Tournament held last year at Malerkotla, Amarwant, not only excelled in helping the state to bag gold medal but also was declared the man of the tournament.

Though Punjab finished at third position in the All-India Schools Championship, yet Amarwant gave a good account of himself. On the basis of his excellent contribution in this tournament, Amarwant was selected for the national camp to be held at Goa.

Ali Hassan, coach of Amarwant, while expressing happiness over his selection for the camp urged upon the corporate houses in the state to help the youngester so that he could play and earn fame for the state as well as nation in the international level tournaments.

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