R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Annual athletic meet:
Amandeep Kaur and Surinder Kumar were adjudged the best athletes among the girls and boys, respectively, at the 51st annual athletic meet. The meet concluded at the DAV College here. The winners in different events included Manju, Ramandeep, Roseoul Sharma, Harpreet Kaur, Monika, Nagina Rani, Sheenu, Alisha, Sandeep Kumar, Harpal Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Mohan Lal. Varinder Singh Brar SP gave away the prizes. Principal Dr BB Sharma welcomed the guests.

Majithia has a dig at Congress men:
Continuing his tirade against the Congress, former minister and patron of the Youth Akali Dal Bikram Singh Majithia said on Saturday that the Congress had been “anti-Sikh and resorted to inhuman acts and therefore it must apologise”. Reacting to Congress men taking exception to his remarks against Capt Amarinder Singh, Majithia said Congress men were trying to distort his statement in which he had talked about “political beheading”, a common idiom used in layman’s language. In a release issued here, he said the Congress men had no right to speak against him. “They should first come clean on the killing of innocent Sikhs, in which the Hondh-Chillar massacre is a fresh example that has come to light,” he said.

19.36 lakh kids administered polio drops:
As many as 19.36 lakh children were administered polio vaccine drops at more than 15,000 booths across the state on Sunday. The remaining children will be covered during house-to-house visits in the next two days. State Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla launched a campaign from CHC Rangar Nangal in Gurdaspur district by administering drops to children. Satish Chandra, Principal Secretary, visited the areas of SAS Nagar and Fatehgarh Sahib district, Dr JP Singh, Director (Health Services) visited Barnala and Sangrur district, Dr Ashok Nayyar visited Gurdaspur and Dr Balwinder Singh, State Immunisation Officer visited various booths in Patiala district. All senior officers of the Health Department had been deputed in different districts to monitor and supervise the massive exercise.

Venezuela team visits Jaitu:
The group study exchange team from the Rotary International District from Venezuela comprising Wilfredo Perrone, team leader, Pedro PP, Marcel, Anna C. and Jannette CV, left Faridkot for Jaitu on Saturday. Past District Governor Rotarian RC Jain said the main aim of the team is to promote international goodwill. Rotary Club, president, Ashok Sachar highlighted various projects on literacy and health. The function was attended by the dean of the Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences (Faridkot), Dr PS Sandhu, president, Municipal Council, Amardeep Singh Bassi among others.

Mehak shines in medical exam: Mehak Chaudhary, daughter of a leading pediatrician of the local Civil Hospital Dr Hans Raj, obtained the IV rank in the Pre-Post graduation medical entrance test. The result was declared recentlay. Mehak has just completed his MBBS degree from the Sardar Patel Medical College of Bikaner. It is record of sorts that Mehak from class I to the final year of MBBS always stood first in her class, said Dr Hans Raj. She has studied at the local DAV Centenary Public school. Besides being topper in the academic field, Mehak Chaudhary has also won many prizes in dance and curricular activities. “I preferably wanted to serve in the field of pediatric or radiology after completing the post graduation,” said Mehak.



Talent showcased: Nearly 320 students of the pre-primary wing of Vivek High School, Sector 38-B, participated in the ‘Song And Rhyme Show’. Students from nursery, lower kindergarten, upper kindergarten and Jagriti (centre for children with special needs) presented various songs, rhymes and dances before a packed audience. Students of upper kindergarten and Jagriti presented "Puss in Boots" through dialogues and songs.



Applications invited from SC girl students:
The state government has invited applications from Scheduled Castes girl students for giving them scholarships under the Annusuchit Jati Chhattraa Ucch Shiksha Protsahan Yojna for 2010-11. A spokesman for the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Department said on Sunday that applications had been invited from undergraduate or postgraduate girl students of private-aided or unaided and government institutions or colleges of universities which are not covered under state plan schemes. The main objective of the scheme was to check the dropout rate of the Scheduled Castes girl students.

Two killed in accident:
Two persons were killed when the motorcycle they were riding on was hit by a Bolero on the Kaithal-Jind road, 25 km from here, on Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Kashmiri Lal (38) and his nephew Sunil (19) of Songri village. The incident took place when they were on the way to Kithana village. Kashmiri Lal died on the spot while Sunil died on the way to the PGI, Chandigarh.

203 patients examined:
Punjabi Sabha in association with Hopes India organised a free eye check-up camp in Durgamata Mandir, Pinjore, on Sunday. A team of doctors from Grewal Eye Institute, Chandigarh, examined around 203 patients. Free medicines were distributed.



Cellphone repair programme launched:
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell, University of Kashmir, launched its fourth Skill Development Programme on ‘Cellphone Repair’ at the University Science Instrumentation Centre, here on Sunday. Prof S Fayaz Ahmad, Registrar, University of Kashmir, inaugurated the programme. The skill development programme has been conceived to empower the unemployed youth of Kashmir, so that they can establish their Small Scale Units in different areas. Experts from the field, including those from the service sector of the cellphone industry will rigorously train the prospective entrepreneurs to equip them technically for becoming job providers.

Industrial centre official held for graft: Officials of the Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation arrested a senior official of the District Industries Centre on a charge of taking bribe on Sunday. “Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Industrial Promotion Officer in the centre at Bagh-e-Ali, Mardan Khan, was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 1,000 for issuing a registration certificate to Rouf Ahmad Taka” a spokesman for the SVO said.



Principal of medical college asked to continue:
The Uttarakhand Government has refused to accept the resignation plea of Dr SS Mishra, Principal of Srinagar Medical College. Rejecting the resignation letter put up by Dr Mishra on February 25, Dr Umakant Panwar, Secretary, Health, has instead asked him to continue work making the third inspection by the MCI successful. It may be mentioned that Dr Mishra had tendered his resignation on February 25 on grounds of lack of cooperation.

Free homeopathic medical camp organised: Under the aegis of the Indian Institute of Homeopathic Physicians, the Rotary Club, Dehradun, held a free homeopathic medical camp at Sant Kabir Academy, Miawala Chowk, here on Sunday. The camp was conducted under the able guidance of experts and specialists. Eminent doctors volunteered their services and gave a thorough check-up to the patients. About 250 patients, including students and residents of nearby places, attended it. Free homeopathic medicines were also distributed.

Governor Alva to visit HESCO today: To survey the development work towards the conservation of environment, Governor of Uttarakhand Margaret Alva will visit the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO) on February 28 at 3 pm.


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