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Food, medicine scam in Central Jail
Ludhiana, February 22
The Vigilance Bureau today claimed to have unearthed a major food and medicine scam in the local Central Jail here and registered a corruption case against five jail officials including the former and serving jail superintendents. A Bureau team raided the jail premises today afternoon.

Ber growers seek compensation
Rajjowal, February 22
The hailstorm that hit Jagraon two days ago has caused widespread damage to orchards of ber. The owners are demanding compensation for the damage.
The hailstorm had hit the region two day ago, causing heavy losses to the orchard owners.
Workers pick up ber which fell due to squall in Jagraon block Workers pick up ber which fell due to squall in Jagraon block. — Photo Pardeep Tiwari


World Bank funds for PAU
Ludhiana, February 22
Punjab Agricultural University is likely to get World Bank funding worth over Rs 70 crore for agricultural human resource development. The university has submitted projects to the visiting World Bank team which held discussions with the PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K S Aulakh, and other senior functionaries for two days.

World Bank team visits PAU
Ludhiana, February 22
Punjab Agricultural University has made impressive efforts in agricultural development which has made everyone proud: These views were expressed by a senior educational specialist of World Bank, Dr S K Srivastava, who visited the varsity as a member of the bank’s team for on the spot assessment of the Agricultural Human Resource Development Project, Phase-II, which is being started at the PAU with banks’ assistance.

Damage due to unplanned plantation
Ludhiana, February 22
The devastation caused by uprooting of trees due to squall and rain that lashed the city could have been averted if the civic authorities had paid a little attention to the manner in which trees have been planted in the city over the past decade.

Traffic problem? Dial 103
Ludhiana, February 22
Ludhiana has become the second police district in the entire country to have introduced a special traffic helpline for the residents. Dial-103 service has been in practice since the last month and after getting an encouraging response from the people, the police has now introduced it in a full-fledged manner. The number is toll-free like the 100 and 101 numbers.

Khalistan supporters ‘regrouping’
Ludhiana, February 22
All-India Anti-Terrorism Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta today cautioned the Union Government against overt and covert attempts by Khalistan supporters, both within the country and those settled overseas, to reorganise themselves and disturb the peace and tranquility in the country, particularly in Punjab.
All-India Anti-Terrorism Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta addresses newsmen on Saturday in Ludhiana
All-India Anti-Terrorism Front chief Maninderjit Singh Bitta addresses newsmen on Saturday in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photo

Linked with Karnal forever
Uchi Daud, (Ludhiana), February 22
This is a tale of a relationship between unknown people of distant places that grew over the years into a solid bond of love and mutual respect for each other. Mr Gurnam Singh, 82, recalls with nostalgia the first time Mr Labha Mall, grandfather of Kalpana Chawla, came to the village from Karnal to stay for some days with Sant Nikka Singh ji in his ‘kutia’ near the sand dunes outside the village.



Steel prices: Chamber to approach PM
Ludhiana, February 22
Expressing serious concern over the steep hike in the prices of hot rolled coils, the cold rolled strips and the MS Rounds, the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings has decided to approach the Prime Minister and seek his intervention for controlling the prices.

Chamber opposes VAT draft
Ludhiana, February 22
The Punjab industry has expressed resentment over the proposed draft of the value added tax. The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking feels that it contains harsh provisions of prosecution, heavy penalties, cancellation of registration certificates, stock seizure, restriction on transfer of properties and cash checking.

Free service tempts Mobile owners
Ludhiana, February 22
With Air Tel and the BSNL having made all the incoming calls free, a number of subscribers from Spice have started switching over to the free incoming services. While Air Tel announced to make all incoming calls free, the BSNL started the free incoming service from today only.

BSNL Internet marketing unit opened
Ludhiana, February 22
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited appointed Balaji Software Arcade as its first marketing agent for dial-up Internet services here yesterday.
The first marketing unit of BSNL Internet, also called Sancharnet, was inaugurated by Mr Raj Kumar, SDE of Value-Added Services at BSNL.

BSNL staff oppose privatisation
Ludhiana, February 22
The Second District Conference of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union, which concluded at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday, expressed its firm opposition to government’s policies of privatisation, which had led to massive unemployment.

PNB extension counter at Payal
Ludhiana, February 22
Punjab National Bank opened a fully computerised extension counter at National Public High School, Payal, in the district today. The counter is attached with base branch, Doraha.



Inter-college festival concludes
Ludhiana, February 22
Ehsaas-2003, a one-day inter-college festival concluded at Punjab College of Technical Education last evening.
Students from over 36 colleges of Punjab participated in the various cultural and literary items, including solo dance, turn coat, just a minute, flower arrangement, pictography, face painting, sell- it, western solo song, dumb charades, quiz, duet song, sketching, portfolio management, press conference, group dance, choreography and fashion show.


Brian Silas, Pradip Rao perform
Ludhiana, February 22
City residents listened to the music rendered by Brian Silas on the piano at Guru Nanak Bhawan last evening. Brian took the residents to a world of yesteryear with melodies of Hindi movies. “Ayega ayega aane wala” and the Nagin number “Mera man dole, mera tan dole..." cast a spell.

Pianist Brian Silas performs in Ludhiana on Friday evening.

Pianist Brian Silas performs in Ludhiana on Friday evening


A hospital for vision
Mansuran, February 22
Most government hospitals are dismissed for not providing good medicare to the needy. However, the Government Hospital here is an exception. People, particularly the old and needy who are weared down by other hospitals can walk in here for treatment specially for eye diseases.

AIDS awareness campaign
Ludhiana, February 22
To combat the recent surge in AIDS, the Bengal Institute of Health Sciences has developed a long-term social campaign strategy to train special AIDS counselors who will impart community education at the doorstep.


Khalsa college athletic meet results
Ludhiana, February 22
Harpreet Kaur, student of BA (I) dominated the track and field events, clinching six titles on the concluding day of the 42nd Annual Athletics Meet of the Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines here today.

Participants perform rhythm exercise during the annual athletic meet at Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari 

Participants perform rhythm exercise during the annual athletic meet at Government College for Women in Ludhiana

Govt college wins in volleyball
Ludhiana, February 22
Government College, Ludhiana beat Phillaur in the volleyball (smashing) on the second day of the 50th Annual Sports Festival being jointly organised by the Sports Club and Gram Panchayat at Budhewal village near here today.

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