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Five hurt as school bus stoned
Villagers identify assailants, case registered 
Dullo Khurd, February 13
At least five persons, including three children, were injured when a private school bus carrying 50 children was attacked and stoned by a group of seven persons following a minor accident. 
One of the injured girls, Gaganpreet Kaur, A scene from inside of the bus that was attacked by hooligans
One of the injured girls, Gaganpreet Kaur, and (right) a scene from inside of the bus that was attacked by hooligans at Dullo Khurd village near Ludhiana on Thursday morning. — Photos Pradeep Tewari

Drive to check drug abuse soon: Lal Singh
Ludhiana, February 13
With a view to check alarming rate of drugs abuse among the youth, a state-wide drive would be launched by the government with the help of social, educational, religious and other non-government organisations, so that energy of the youth could be channelised for the development and social transformation.

LOVE AND CRICKET GO TOGETHER: A street in Ludhiana decorated with Valentine’s hearts for the Indian cricket World Cup team. — A Tribune photograph

ABVP’s warning to lovebirds
Ludhiana, February 13
Love may be in the air but it is definitely in the line of fire. Several hardliners and students’ organisations affiliating with the Shiv Sena today issued a stern warning to lovebirds by burning greeting cards and staging a dharna against Valentine’s Day celebrations.

Toll makes villagers’ life hell
Doraha, February 13
The toll tax collection on NH is proving a major liability for Rajgarh village as a majority of commuters in order to avoid toll payment, use the routes via Rajgarh village to Doraha town and vice-versa, making the life of villagers a hell.

Small savings winners
Ludhiana, February 13
The Finance, Planning and Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Mr Lal Singh, has said Punjab is all set to touch the record mark of Rs 2,700 crore net collection under various small savings schemes during the current financial year as compared to the net collection of Rs 2,135 crore last year.

Dr Sofat held for extortion
Ludhiana, February 13
City-based doctor, Dr Sumit Sofat running an infertility clinic here was booked and arrested by the city police late last night on charges of extortion, trespass and illegal confinement of a city resident.


FCI official not fair, says Azad group
Ludhiana, February 13
The FCI and the Panjab Food Agency Palledar Union (Azad) has urged the Chief Minister, Mr Amarinder Singh, to order a high-level probe into allegations of corruption against Mr K.L.Verma, assistant manager of the local FCI unit, who had been discriminating against its members in the allotment of work for the past six years or so.

Demand for qualified drivers for MC vehicles
Ludhiana, February 13
The National Organisation of Government Employees (NOGE) and the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) have demanded the appointment of qualified drivers to run vehicles of the municipal corporation in the city.

Bus stand sans approach road
Phillaur, February 13
A bus stand constructed at an expenditure of over Rs 30 lakh about five years ago on National Highway No. 1 for the benefit of residents of this historical town has turned an eyesore.

War will serve no purpose: IDPD
Ludhiana, February 13
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has termed the posture taken by the US Administration against Iraq as “dangerous and uncalled for”. The doctors said today that various experts had raised doubts about the evidence produced by Mr Collin Powell in his address to the UN Security Council.

Bhullar case: Cong leaders’ stand criticised
Ludhiana, February 13
A former general secretary of the District Youth Congress, Mr Yogesh Dewan, has in a press note released yesterday, condemned the Congress leaders who are in favour of granting amnesty to dreaded terrorist Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

Increase audit limit: Bar
Ludhiana, February 13
The Punjab Tax Bar Association has sought an increase in the accounts audit limit from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 2 crore. In a memorandum to the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh recently, Bar members said the limit had not been increased for the past 18 years. 

Jatha marches from tomorrow
Ludhiana, February 13
The Joint Platform of Mass Organisations will organise jatha marches throughout the state from February 15 to February 25 against liberalisation, privatisation and communalism.

Badal attends sant sammelan
Doraha, February 13
Mr Parkash Singh Badal, SAD president, yesterday visited Bair Kalan village to attend the 278th barsi of Baba Thakur Gulab Singh. He lauded the services of Baba Thakur Gulab Singh and appreciated the efforts being made by Baba Beant Singh for the promotion of the Khalsa Panth.

Cheer for India, get discount


Foundation stone stolen!
Ahmedgarh, February 13
The foundation stone of the boundary wall of Government High School, Malikpur Jandali Khurd, was stolen by some miscreants within 15 hours of its laying by, Ms Razia Sultana, MLA, Malerkotla. The police came into action, but even the dog squad failed to trace the miscreants.


Assn opposes exim policy
Ludhiana, February 13
The Federation of Yarn Trade and Industries has requested the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, not to impose Exim policy on trade and industry maintaining that it will create chaos and promote corruption.

Industry seeks relaxation
Mandi Gobindgarh,  February 13
Mr J.P. Sharma, General Secretary, Gobindgarh Steel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated in a press note here today that the entire re-rolling industry was granted consent by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to use furnace oil as fuel, which had become costly, rather out of reach.

‘Sops pulling hosiery industry out of state’
Ludhiana, February 13
The Knitwear Club of Ludhiana has told the Punjab Government that there is a fear that the industry may migrate to three neighbouring states that are offering several sops. The club president, Mr Vinod Thapar, said this at a meeting with officials of the Industries Department. The meeting was convened by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

PNB opens extension counter in school
Ludhiana, February 13
Mr U.S. Bhargava, General Manager, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Punjab Zone, inaugurated an extension counter of the bank at Green Land Public School here today.



B.Sc Home Science syllabi to be revised
Ludhiana, February 13
In an effort to lay more emphasis on specialised training and equip students to adopt entrepreneurship, the Board of Studies of the College of Home Science at Punjab Agricultural University has decided to revise the syllabi for Home Science undergraduates.

Teachers urged to promote oral health
Ludhiana, February 13
A two-day programme aimed at imparting training in dental health education to schoolteachers, sarpanches, panches and community leaders concluded in Christian Dental College (CDC) here. More than 200 schoolteachers and 100 sarpanches and panches of Ludhiana and Samrala blocks participated in this workshop.

PTU colleges form body
Ludhiana, February 13
College principals and directors have come together to form the Association of the PTU Affiliated Colleges of Technical Education (APACT). This has been done to raise various issues with Punjab Technical University, the Technical Education Department of Punjab, Punjab Government and the newly formed committee on technical education.

Seminar on ways to improve education
Ludhiana, February 13
The Punjab Rural Education Promotion (PREP) Council in collaboration with the Punjab Education Department and Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will hold a state-level seminar on “Non-monetary inputs to re-invigorate education in government and adarsh schools in Punjab” on March 2 at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Dharna by PAU teachers
Ludhiana, February 13
The Executive Committee of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (PAUTA) sat on a dharna on the university campus in front of Thapar Hall for over two hours today.

Inter-college music contest
Ludhiana, February 13
Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, organised an inter-college music contest here on Tuesday. Teams from colleges all over Punjab participated. Principal Gurdip Singh inaugurated the function and highlighted the importance of music. Mrs Bhavna Garg, SDM (East Ludhiana) presided.



Music therapy for healthy living
RY music therapy to see its benefits. Music relieves anxiety, eases depression, manages pain, reduces the need for sedatives and pain relievers during and after surgery, control blood pressure, enhances concentration and creativity etc. Various researches suggest that the brain responds to music almost as if it were medicine; it may regulate some body functions, stimulate the mind and even make us smarter.

Talk on emergency planning for medical disaster
Ludhiana, February 13
Dr Ravi Massey, Emergency Consultant, Alder Hey Children Hospital Liverpool, UK, visited Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) today. During his two-day visit, Dr Massey would deliver talks on emergency planning during medical disaster.


Sports meet results
Mandi Gobindgarh,  February 13
Out of 525 ayurvedic dispensaries, five hospitals and 17 “swath kendras” only 50 posts of doctor are lying vacant while 840 posts are lying vacant in other hospitals which will be filled in the coming financial year.

Winter sports meet at GNIMT
Ludhiana, February 13
The annual winter sports meet of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujar Khan Campus, Model Town, was held here. Competitions in lawn tennis, kho-kho, carrom and chess were conducted during the three-day meet.


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