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Combating HIV
Setup in place at grass roots
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 22
In a bid to reach out to the increasing number of HIV positive cases in the state, the Punjab government has implemented a plan formulated on the recommendations of National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) to facilitate blood testing, diagnosis, and in case of the positive cases counselling of patients at district and sub-divisional hospitals.

Initially, the project has been launched in Ludhiana and Amritsar districts.

Giving details, civil surgeon Dr Sat Pal Sharma said integrated counselling and testing centres (ICTCs) were being set up under the National AIDS Control Programme at civil hospitals in Ludhiana, Khanna, Samrala and Jagroan, as well as the sub-divisional hospitals at Raikot and Payal in this district.

Each ICTC will have a laboratory technician, one or more counsellors and one outreach worker.

These centres will provide blood testing facilities for HIV to those volunteering for the same, while the counsellors and outreach workers will coordinate with members of public to create awareness about preventive steps against the disease.



Rise in assault cases worries IMA chief
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 22
New types of medicines and surgical procedures have revolutionized epilepsy management and the condition has better therapeutic outcome as compared to the situation prevailing a couple of years ago.

This was stated by professor and head, department of neurology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Dr Gagandeep Singh, while delivering a talk at a continuing medical education (CME) programme organized by the local branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) during its general body meeting here on Saturday.

Indian Medical Association’s patron Dr L.S. Chawla, who chaired the session, remarked that such programmes would go a long way in updating the skills of medical professionals and exposing them to the latest developments in the fields of medicine and surgery.

In the interactive session, which followed the CME, the doctors came out in strong words against female feticide while pledging their unstinted support for creating awareness on the crucial issue concerning the social and moral fiber.

District family welfare officer Dr Reena Sandhu and Dr Anakhveer Singh Gill provided a detailed account of the PNDT Act which provided for a blanket ban on pre-natal sex determination test. They asked the members of the medical fraternity to scrupulously follow the provisions of the Act. “The medical profession owes a special responsibility to the society to check the falling female ratio, and therefore, the medical professionals ought to work together to make the movement for gender equality a success.”

IMA president Dr Arun Mitra dwelt on various activities carried out by the body during past few months. He expressed concern on increasing incidents of assault on doctors while calling upon the administration to take effective steps for preventing check violence.

He said the IMA would organise a series of discussions with representatives of the public on this issue to apprise them of the difficulties faced by the medical professionals in treating the patients, particularly those with severe conditions and related or unrelated complications.



tt meet
Green Land make it to semifinal
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 22
Continuing with their fine performance, host Green Land Senior Secondary defeated 
BCM Arya Model School, Shastri Nagar, 3-0 to enter the semifinal in the girl's u-19 section on the second day of the CBSE Cluster XVI Table Tennis Tournament here today.

Eeti beat Simran 11-8, 11-7 and 11-4, Reeta drubbed Ashima 11-2, 11-4 and 11-5 while Amanpreet routed Kunika 11-0, 11-3 and 11-6 to enable Green Land to make it to the last four.

Guru Harkrishan Sahib Public School, Amritsar, DAV Public School, Amritsar, and Ape Jay Public School, Jalandhar, too won their respective matches to make it to the semifinal.

Guru Harkrishan Public School overpowered LSDBRA Public School, Fazilka 3-0; DAV Public School routed Alpine International Public School, Ludhiana 3-0; while Apee Jay Public School outplayd GPS School, Mandi Gobindgarh 3-1.

In the girl's u-14 section, DAV International School, Amritsar, got the better of Ryan International School, Ludhiana, and Alpine Internatioanl Public School, Ludhiana, outdid MGN Public School, Jalandhar, to advance into the semifinal.

Apee Jay School, Jalandhar, scored an easy 3-0 win over BCM Arya School, Ludhiana, to secure a berth in the last four. Prerna beat Kanupriya, Ruhani outclassed Akshita and Sahiba got the better of Ramandeep to help Apee Jay School to enter the semifinal.

In the boy's section, DAV Public School, Lawrance road, Amritsar, along with Spring Dale Senior Secondary School, Amritsar, KVM, Ludhiana, and MGN Public School, Kapurthala, and Anand Public School, Kapurthala, qualified for the quarter finals.

In the pre-quarter finals, DAV Public School, Lawrance road, Amritsar, prevailed over Shiv Jyoti Public School, Jalandhar 3-2; Spring Dale Senior Secondary School trounced State Public School, Nakodar 3-0 and Anand Public School beat Radha Vatika Public School, Khanna 3-0.

KVM, Ludhiana, and MGN Public School, Kapurthala, trounced their opponents, Alpine Public School, Ludhiana, and Victoria Public School, Phagwara, respectively.



PAU non-teachers sports meet
Kang felicitates 
Avtar Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 22
PAU vice-chancellor Manjit Singh Kang displayed a rare gesture in organizing a felicitation function in the vice-chancellor’s committee room to congratulate Avtar Singh, senior scale stenographer in his office, who excelled in the above 50 years categories, in the PAU Non-Teachers Sports Meet recently. On the first day Avtar Singh stood first in 100 m race, long jump and his team stood first in volleyball and kabbadi events. On the second day, he stood first in 200 m, 400 m, 800 m race and 100 m x 4 relay race. Avtar stood second in high jump and his team came second in tug-of-war and football events.

Speaking on the occasion, Kang said sports inculcate discipline and abilities in humans and help to build confidence that is much required in exercising our day-to-day activities. He added that the other non- teaching employees of PAU excelling in co-curricular events over and above their routine activities need to be felicitated so that others could draw inspiration from them.

Avtar Singh expressed his gratitude to Kang for felicitating him. Jagtar Singh Dhiman, PAU additional director, communication, and Gurbhajan Singh Gill, were also present in addition to the office and ministerial staff of the vice-chancellor.



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