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4865 patients examined at medical check-up camps
: As many as 4865 patients were examined at special medical check- up camps, organised by the district health authorities in various hospitals and health centres of the Bathinda district on Saturday. District Family Welfare Officer Dr Dharampal Singh Sekhon said this afternoon that among the 4865 patients, there were 524 pregnant women, 2195 women, 917 men and 1229 children, who had been examined at the camps. Sekhon said as many as 713 patients had been examined in Women and Children Hospital at Bathinda while 544 patients had been examined at Nathana, 352 at Talwandi Sabo, 454 at Rampura Phul, 324 at Mehraj, 305 at Bhagta, 309 at Goniana, 162 at Bhucho, 444 at Maur, 428 at Raman and 425 at Sangat. At these camps, some medicines were also provided to the patients free of cost.

Camp held
: To celebrate the Independence Day, the health department, Punjab, organised special mother and child health care camp in Fazilka.

PSSF to hold rally on Aug 19
: The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) will organise a state-level rally and demonstration in Chandigarh on August 19 in support of their demands.This was disclosed in a joint press note by the state president and general secretary of the PSSF Satish Rana and Ved Parkash Sharma, respectively, here on Friday. They alleged that the state government was not implementing already accepted demands of government employees by the Chief Minister.

New principal
: Dr Rekha Kalia Bhardwaj has been selected as the Principal of Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya. She will join on August 17. She will replace J Kackria, a press note read.

Farewell to GOC: GOC Vajra Corps Lieut-Gen Ramesh Halgali was given a warm send off at a function organised at the Punjab State War Memorial here today. Priyank Bharti, Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar-cum-president of the District Sainik Welfare Board, presented a souvenir to him. The GOC said he had planned to put up in Jalandhar after his retirement. He announced to donate an amount of Rs 1.5 lakh for the NDA and other training courses being conducted by the sainik welfare office.

Blood donation camp: Youth Red Cross Unit of Government Arts and Sports College, Jalandhar, organised a blood donation camp today to mark the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee celebrations at the campus. Principal Karamjit Kaur Chaudhary said 101 boys and girls had participated in the event. Prof Lakhbir Singh, president of NGO Pahal said every year 2 lakh bottles of blood are needed in Punjab and with the help of voluntary donation, just 40 per of it is available.

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Festival of swings celebrated
: Teej was celebrated at IET Bhaddal Campus. Swings were put on trees. Girls applied mehandi on their palms. Games, sweet stalls, snake charmers, jugglers (madaari), charkhas, rangolis and music marked the celebrations. Students were attired in colourful dresses and danced to the tunes of traditional numbers. A welcome party for first year students was also organised, where Shobhit and Akshita were named Mr and Miss Fresher. The festival was also celebrated at GGS Sachdeva Group of Educational Institutions. Satinder Sachdeva, Baljeet Monga MD, GGS-Sachdeva Group, and Dr SS Bedi, principal, GGS-Sachdeva Group, were also present.

Medical camp
: Around 426 patients were examined during a special camp held at the Civil Hospital on Saturday. The camp was organised to mark the Independence Day. Mukhtiar Singh Mann, deputy secretary, health, inaugurated the camp. Meanwhile, in Mohali on the eve of Independence Day, the district health authorities organised a medical check-up camp at Balmiki Colony in Phase VI here. Around 300 patients were examined for various ailments. Civil Surgeon PK Sridhar, SMO, Civil Hospital, Rajiv Bhalla and nodal officer of the camp Dr Raju Dheer were present.

House looted
: Some unidentified miscreants allegedly committed a burglary in broad daylight at the house of Vijay Saini, situated at Mohalla Prem Nagar, here on Saturday. According to Vijay Saini, he, along with his wife, left the house at about 10.30 am and when they returned at about 1.30 pm and entered into the rooms after opening the locks of the main door, they were stunned to see the cupboards and box-beds wide open and household articles scattered in the rooms. The miscreants had decamped with cash of Rs 20,000 and Euro 3000, nine gold rings and a gold chain lying in one of the almirahs of the house, said Saini, adding that about two months ago, a set of keys of their house was misplaced. He suspected that the keys might be with one of the close relatives or friends and were used to commit the burglary. The police has registered a case and started investigation into the case.

Teej celebrations: Teej festival was celebrated with the traditional fervour here under the patronage of Deputy Commissioner Shruti Singh. The better halves of the officials of various district departments and women social activists participated in the celebration. The students of Shivaik Public School presented a colourful cultural programme including Punjabi folk dance Giddha. The DC, while highlighting the importance of festivals in life, especially Teej, said the celebration of Teej was associated with the monsoons, which could be termed as the lifeline of our civilisation as it brings rain, ultimately infusing life into vegetation, animals, birds and above all human beings. The Doaba Group of Colleges, at its Chhokeran campus, also celebrated Teej. Gurmeet Kaur, sarpanch of the Chhokeran village, was the chief guest. Students presented a colourful cultural programme.



Teej celebrated at Press Club: A series of festivities marked Teej at the Chandigarh Press Club here today. Members of the women’s club applied mehandi. Teej is associated with the cultural heritage of the region. Kheer-pude were relished by all. Folk dances, Sufi songs, qawwalis by disciples of Sunita Nain, an academician, captivated audience. Preetam Rupal, secretary general, honoured Sunita Nain and her disciples.



Traffic disrupted on NH-22: Due to an accident in Parwanoo, the traffic remained disrupted on National Highway-22, here, on Friday night. According to information available, hundreds of vehicles remained stranded in a traffic jam for more than one hour. The police had a tough time regulating the traffic. Due to the Independence Day holidays the daily commuters and tourists also had to face traffic hazards in the evening hours.

3 gangsters arrested
: With arrest of the three gangsters, Praveen, Surender, both the residents of Delhi and Sonu, a resident of Jind, the police claimed to have solved a five-week old case of armed dacoity, in which the miscreants had taken away a car at gunpoint, from its driver Mohammad Shakeel on National Highway 8, near Salhawas village, 12 km from here, on July 8. They were yesterday produced in a local court that remanded them in police custody for three days. The car had been looted from Shakeel, a resident of Sikar district in Rajasthan, when he was going from Jaipur to Delhi.


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