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2 traffic cops suspended for harassing IPS officer’s kin
Ludhiana, February 3
The district police has suspended an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police (ASI) and a Constable of the local traffic police on the charges of misbehaving with the wife and the mother-in-law of an IPS officer currently posted at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur.

Dew drops or pearls
Dew drops or pearls: Dew covered leaves wear a pearly look early in the morning in Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photo Pardeep Tewari


36 judicial employees may face sack
Ludhiana, February 3
Threat to terminate the services of 36 employees working at the judicial complex here today has generated a lot of tension. These staff members had become surplus after five judicial officers, who were recruited by the Punjab Public Services Commission (PPSC) during the tenure of Mr Ravi Sidhu, were terminated from a Ludhiana court.

Employees of the local district courts in a tense mood after the directive to do away with surplus employees was issued in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV
Employees of the local district courts in a tense mood after the directive to do away with surplus employees was issued

Gandhi Memorial in state of neglect
Ludhiana, February 3
Just three days after the local leaders had made a beeline to garland a memorial, raised in the everlasting memory of the Father of the nation near the old bridge on the Sutlej, where his ashes were immersed as per his wishes on February 12, 1948, the place is lying abandoned and crying for urgent attention.

‘Excise officials hand in glove with tax evaders’
Ludhiana, February 3
Widespread resentment is brewing among the members of trade and industry over the introduction of Exim Form. The recent statement by the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, that the move had been necessitated to check the large scale sales tax evasion has added fuel to the fire.

Jagdish KhattarMaruti to deal in second-hand cars
Ludhiana, February 3
Taking note of vast potential in the second-hand car market, Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL) has decided to buy and sell pre-owned cars. Disclosing this here today, the Managing Director of the MUL, Mr Jagdish Khattar, said: “The company will sell and buy pre-owned Maruti cars in the city and the business will be conducted under the brand name “True Value”.



150 kites flying together on the final day of sports festival
150 kites flying together on the final day of sports festival at Kila Raipur, near Ludhiana.

A Nihang youth shows his skills in tent-pegging
A Nihang youth shows his skills in tent-pegging.

A bullock cart race in progress
A bullock cart race in progress.

Village children take part in a 100m race
Village children take part in a 100m race. — Tribune photographs

‘Aggar Chetna  Rath Yatra’
Ludhiana, February 3
The “Aggar Chetna and Sadbhavna Rath Yatra”, which will start from Delhi on February 16 and go around the country during next two years, will enter Punjab at SAS Nagar on February 26 and proceed to Rajpura on February 27, where it would be accorded a reception by the Aggarwal community. 

Jatha suggests ways for ‘cleaner & greener’ city
Ludhiana, February 3
The Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha has chalked out an extensive plan for the promotion of healthy environment in the entire city. The jatha has vowed to fight against the ever increasing pollution as well as filth that abounds the city. It has sought the co-operation of the residents of the city from all walks of life to help them achieve their goal.

Rly pensioners seek concessions for senior citizens
Ludhiana, February 3
A monthly meeting of the Railway Pensioners Association was organised under the presidentship of Mr Sher Singh. He strongly pleaded for granting similar concessions to senior citizens as being allowed in western countries, namely free road and rail travel during non-peak hours, free medicare facilities, free telephone connections with concessional rentals and call charges, special rebate in Income Tax and sufficient old age pension as per price index.

Commemorative stamp on Kalpana sought
Ludhiana, February 3
Mr Yashpal Bangia, honorary secretary of the Ludhiana Philatelic Club and State President of Philateic Congress of Punjab convened a meeting of the its members on Sunday, pay homage to Dr Kalpana Chawla. 

Parents cautioned against drug abuse
Ludhiana, February 3
Dr Rajeev Gupta, psychiatrist addressed members of the Rotary Club of Ludhiana North here recently. He gave a talk on addiction problems and depression.

Lok Bhalai Party targets youth
Narangwal (Ludhiana), February 3
“The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) plans to enroll 50, 000 youths in the state by March,” said Mr Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, MP and president of the party . Accompanied by noted Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann, who is also the president of the party’s cultural wing, Mr Ramoowalia addressed students at Narangwal, Sudhar and Dakha. Hundreds of students pledged to fight social evils like dowry and shun alcohol consumption and drug abuse. 

SAD to block traffic on  GT Road
Khanna, February 3
The Shiromani Akali Dal, Khanna (urban and rural circle), organised a meeting at Gurdwara Kalgidhar, G.T. Road, Khanna, on Sunday under the presidentship of Jathedar Daya Singh, President, SAD, Ludhiana (rural).

PSEB Foundation Day celebrated
Ludhiana, February 3
An impressive function marked the celebrations on the 44th Foundation Day of the PSEB here today. The event was held by the Central Zone of the board and was inaugurated by Mr J. N. Sachdeva, Chief Engineer.


9 booked for attempting to grab land
Ludhiana, February 3
The Sarabha Nagar police has booked nine persons for committing fraud and forgery in order to grab a prime land worth crores belonging to Decent Neighbour Co-op House Building Society, Barewal, on Ferozepur Road, here.

3 theft cases registered in Sarabha Nagar
Ludhiana, February 3
There has been a spate of thefts in the Sarabha Nagar area during the past two days. The Sarabha nagar police has registered at least three cases of thefts in the area. On Saturday morning, an unidentified persons entered the house of Ms Raj Rani of Bhagat Singh Nagar posing as an insurance agent, and decamped with a gold chain.


Farmers keen on alternative crops
Ludhiana, February 3
With a view to providing alternative cash crops in place of wheat-paddy crop pattern, under the diversification programme of Punjab Government 6,000 acres of land in the district would be shifted to sunflower, spring maize and hyola (mustard) cultivation. These crops were being introduced under the Contract Farming Programme.



PNB meet concludes
Ludhiana, February 3
The 20th PNB inter-region cultural competition concluded here today. Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab zone, was the chief guest on the concluding function of the two-day meet in which more than 120 delegates took part.

Cultural bonanza at GNIMT
Ludhiana February 3
Over 250 students of undergraduate and postgraduate classes are participating in "Expressions-2003", a three day cultural bonanza that is being held from today at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT). Various inter-class competitions were organised on the occasion.


Age no bar for heart surgery: docs
Ludhiana, February 3
Age is no bar for heart surgery. According to cardiac surgeons at Sigma Hospital here, the success rate of heart surgeries among persons above 75 years is more as compared to the young. Their recovery rate is equally good, the doctors said.

Confusion among PCMS docs over salary
Ludhiana, February 3
Confusion prevails among the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) members over salary and continuation of service in the tenure of higher education after selection in 60 per cent service quota of post-graduation (MD/MS).

Dental camp on Feb 5
Ludhiana, February 3
The first phase of dental awareness drive for schools and college students, initiated by the Baba Jaswant Singh Super-Specialty Dental Hospital will begin with a dental awareness and check-up camp at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, on February 5.


50 take part in ‘veteran walk’
Khanna, February 3
The Department of Sports at A.S. College, Khanna, had organised ‘Veteran Walk’ at Madan Gopal Chopra Memorial Stadium on Sunday morning. Mr Tarsem Bahia, Principal, said in a press note here on Monday that more than 50 men and women took part in the competition. 

Cheer-up campaign for Indian team
Ludhiana, February 3
As the countdown to the Cricket World Cup begins, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) has kick started “I cheer for India” campaign for the Indian cricket team.


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