No PGI OPD today: All OPDs in the PGI will remain closed on December 17 (Saturday) on account of the Chandigarh municipal corporation elections. However, emergency services will function as usual.
113 eye patients treated: As many as 113 eye patients were treated and operated upon for cataract by a team of eye surgeons, led by Dr SK Ali of Sanitarium,
Shimla, at ACC Hospital at Barmana, about 18 km from here, in a five-day camp which concluded on Thursday. The ACC cement factory management had organised the camp in which food, medicines, lenses and spectacles were provided by the ACC.
performed: Under the National Rural Health Mission (NHRM), the second five-day multi-specialty surgical camp concluded on Friday at the Community Health
Centre, Gangath, near here. According to Suman Saxena, district family planning officer, around 2,350 patients were examined. As many as 110 surgeries, mostly for gynaecological ailments and cataract, were successfully performed in the camp, which concluded on Friday.
Essential commodities: Food and Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Dhawala said here on Friday that sufficient supply of essential commodities had been dispatched to remote pockets like Pangi, Keylong and other tribal areas which remained snowbound during the winter. He said he had directed field officers to conduct raids and keep a strict vigil against “profiteering and hoarding”, and take strict action against those found guilty. He said special attention would be paid to check irregularities in the supply of cooking gas.
premiered: A Dogri film, Kuggi Maar Duari, was premiered at the Swarn theatre here on Friday evening after 45 years. MP Lal Singh was the chief guest on the occasion while MLA,
Bishnah, Ashwani Kumar and artistes and cultural personalities of the state attended the function.
Man mauled by Leopard: One person was injured after he was attacked by a leopard in Baramulla district, the police said on Friday. Mukhtar Ahmad Awhan (20) was injured when a leopard attacked him at Uri in Baramulla. He was admitted to a hospital.
Body recovered in Handwara: A body was recovered under suspicious circumstances at Handwara in Kupwara district, the police said on Friday. The police recovered the body of Abdul Rashid Sofi (35) from the forest area at Phalmarg in Handwara. A case has been registered in this regard.
Two theft cases reported: Two incidents of theft have taken place here. Anand Lal of the Sahastradhara Road area had gone out of station to attend a marriage on December 9. When he returned to Dehradun on December 14, he was aghast to find the main lock of his house broken. An LCD, a microwave oven and a digital camera were found missing. In another incident, Vijay Park of Mujaffar Hussain complained to the police that miscreants took away some domestic articles from his residence when he and his family were away.
Programmes mark Vijay Diwas celebrations
Several programmes were organised across Kumaon to mark Vijay Diwas. The day is celebrated to mark the victory of the Indian Armed Forces in the war against Pakistan in 1971 that had seen the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent nation along with the surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops. At a seminar held in the Havalbagh area of Almora district, District Magistrate DS Garbyal recounted the contribution of the soldiers and called upon the youth of the region to join the armed forces. He also recounted the initiatives taken by the Uttarakhand Government for the welfare of ex-servicemen and their families. Fifty four soldiers from the district had made the supreme sacrifice in the 1971 war.
Dairy farming, poultry units
to be opened
The Almora administration has decided to open at least one unit each for dairy farming and poultry in the district during the current financial year. Orders in this regard have been given by the District Magistrate DS Garbyal. He has also asked the banks to finance these units. In an address, Garbyal stated that promoting dairy and poultry farming in the district could go a long way in preventing emigration of youth from the area. Stating that the government is not in a position to provide employment to everyone, he said the youth must make optimum use of self- employment opportunities being offered by the government.
Identify sensitive polling booths
in Udham Singh Nagar
Asking the officials entrusted with the job of carrying out the polling exercise smoothly in the district, District Election Officer of Udham Singh Nagar PS Jangpangi has asked them to make preparations on war footing. Stating that laxity would not be tolerated on any front, he has asked the tehsildars and Subdivisional Magistrates (SDMs) to carryout physical verification of the polling stations in the district. He also asked the law and order enforcing agencies to identify the sensitive and very sensitive booths across the district and make arrangements for smooth conduct of poll in these booths accordingly.
Women stage protest over
Agitated over the receipt of inflated power bills, the women residents of Ramnagar have protested against the Power Department, seeking that the bills be rectified at the earliest. A large number of women residents of Tedha village, Dhkuli, Bhawaniganj and Lakhanpur ghearoed the office of the engineers of the Power Department on Thursday. They
have complained that while their consumption of power should lead to payment of Rs 100 to Rs 200 per month, they have been getting bills for almost Rs 3,000. They have threatened to intensify the agitation if the bills are not rectified soon.
(Compiled by Rajeev