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19 Mar 2018, Edition - 979, Monday


  • J&K minister opposes anti-encroachment drive; J&K minister pelts stones during demolition drive
  • All opportunities being diverted to Gujarat. Nothing is given for Maharashtra by the central govt, says MNS chief Raj Thackeray
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launches a direct hotline to the state CM’s office
  • MNS workers vandalise shops, assault cabs in Vasai area, near Mumbai.
  • After nothing was allocated in the Finance bill, I decided that TDP is not going to be in alliance with the NDA govt: AP CM Chandrababu Naidu
  • Lok Sabha adjourned for the second time in two hours. Will be adjourned till Tuesday.
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee’s name plate vandalised in Presidency University, Kolkata
  • Supreme Court asks Centre to visit Rohingya refugee camps after lawyer filed PIL alleging human rights violations at the camps.
  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh says there is nothing to fear if non-confidence motion is moved against the government.
  • Morally, BJP govt has failed in fulfilling the promises made to the state of AP, says Congress party’s Renuka Chowdhury


Eye donation awareness rally held

Covai Post Network

Eye Donation awareness fortnight is celebrated all over the country between 25 August and 8 September. In order to spread awareness among the public about eye donation, the Coimbatore Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons (CSOS) organized an Eye Donation Awareness Rally this morning in the city. The rally was flagged off by Mr. K. Shankar IPS, the West Zone Inspector General, at the Race Course.

Many senior members of the CSOS, doctors, eye bank staff, and students from various hospitals and colleges participated in the rally. Tamil Nadu is the No.1 state in the country when it comes to eye donations, followed closely by Gujarat and Maharashtra. However a lot still needs to be done in order to create the awareness about eye donation in this region.

Lack of awareness, hesitation among the public, lack of quality corneas are the main reasons for lack of effective eye donation in India. Creating awareness and implementing effective hospital cornea retrieval programmes can inspire more people to donate their eyes.

Dr. D. Ramamurthy, MD, The Eye Foundation and Incoming President of All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) said that India is home to the world’s largest number of blind people. Of 37 million blind people across the globe more than 15 million are from India. 75% of these cases are of avoidable blindness. Corneal diseases are major cause of visual loss after cataract and glaucoma.

Penetrating keratoplasty is the most successful and most often performed tissue transplant which can treat this blindness. “However our country is suffering an acute shortage eye donors for the treatment of corneal blindness with 80% difference between the demand and the supply. Out of 12 million blind people in India, 10 lakhs are due to corneal diseases, 26% of whom are children.”