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Woman murdered, cash, jewellery stolen

Ludhiana, September 19
Robbers struck at a house in Partap Nagar near Sangeet Cinema here this morning and decamped with jewellery and cash after brutally murdering a woman present in the house.
Relatives mourn the death of Neelam Taneja who was murdered in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Relatives mourn the death of Neelam Taneja who was murdered in Ludhiana on Friday.

4 booked for selling orphans’ property, forging PAN card
Ludhiana, September 19
After an inquiry conducted by the Division Number 5 police had established that relatives of two orphan children in connivance with some persons had forged some important documents and got the property of the orphans transferred in their name, the local police has booked four persons.


  Officials, property dealers grab land worth crores
Ludhiana, September 19
The growing nexus between some police and revenue officials along with some property dealers here has led to the grabbing of land worth crores of rupees, mostly belonging to Non Resident Indians (NRIs).

Canadian norms relaxed
Ludhiana, September 19
The Canadian Immigration Department has relaxed norms for skilled workers who filed their application on or before January 1, 2002. Mr Tej Parkash Singh, an immigration lawyer from Ludhiana currently on a visit to Canada to attend seminars on immigration and discuss immigration-related matters with his fellow immigration lawyers, said it was a big chance for aspiring professionals since an applicant had to get only 67 marks instead of 70 to qualify for Canadian immigration.

A butterfly sucks nectar from a flower blooming in a garden in Ludhiana on Friday.
A butterfly sucks nectar from a flower blooming in a garden in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari

Woman injured by ‘drunk’ cops’ firing
Ludhiana, September 19
A police party in pursuit of poppy husk smugglers shot at and injured a bystander at Majri village under Jagraon police jurisdiction. Infuriated villagers later surrounded the police personnel and took them to the house of the Sarpanch of Sidhwan Bet village.

Students, bus staff clash
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 19
A tiff between women lecturers of a private college and a driver and a conductor of a Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation bus (PB11E-9587) resulted in a clash between students and transport employees here today.


New bridges opened without inauguration

Ludhiana, September 19
Even as the issue of inauguration of various bridges in the state has been a source of controversies in the recent past, two such bridges in the city have already been opened for public without a formal inauguration.

Space reserved for the foundation stone to be laid at the time of inauguration of the bridge on the Buddha nullah in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo by IV

Space reserved for the foundation stone to be laid at the time of inauguration of the bridge on the Buddha nullah in Ludhiana on Friday.

Importance of being a patwari
Ludhiana, September 19
The much-talked about outburst by some ministers including a few from Ludhiana, against the alleged high-handedness of bureaucracy has not come as a surprise to anyone. The ministers reportedly protested at the meeting that they were not even able to get officials of their choice posted in the administration and they had specifically quoted the example of patwaris.

Encroachers back in business at Ghanta Ghar
Ludhiana, September 19
The immediate periphery of Ghanta Ghar, the 99-year-old monument and landmark of the city, which had been cleared of all road encroachments recently in view of the President’s visit to the city, has once again been taken over by them.

A view of roadside vendors behind the Clock Tower, Ludhiana, on Friday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
A view of roadside vendors behind the Clock Tower, Ludhiana, on Friday.

Demand to bifurcate transport office
Ludhiana, September 19
The youth wing of the ruling Congress yesterday alleged that widespread corruption prevailed in the office of the District Transport Officer. In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, vice president of the Punjab Youth Congress, Mr Jaswinder Singh Sabi, general secretary Akshay Bhanot and secretary Navneesh Malhotra alleged that it was difficult for the common people to get their work done in the DTO’s office.

Mock drills to check effectiveness of safety plans
Ludhiana, September 19
A meeting of the District Core Group to review the progress of formation of on site and off site safety plans regarding major accident-hazard installations (MAHs) in the district was held at the mini secretariat which was presided over by Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner.

Training camp
Khanna, September 19
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) organised a training camp at Payal yesterday. It was presided over by Mr Surjit Singh, Assistant Registrar Cooperative Societies, Payal. More than 60 managers of cooperative societies and senior officers of IFFCO participated.


Woman murdered, in-laws booked
Ludhiana, September 19
The police yesterday registered a case under Sections 304-B and 120-B, IPC, on the statement of Mr Fauja Ram, a resident of Raikot, against Jagdev Singh, Mohinder Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Gurdev Singh, Kashmir and Manjeet Kaur, all residents of Kadiana village.

MV Primary School raided
Ludhiana, September 19
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau conducted a raid at M.V. Primary School on Nawan Bazaar here today. The Vigilance team led by Mr Sarban Ram, DSP, conducted the two-hour raid in which records were checked by Ms Sudesh Bajaj, Deputy District Education Officer (secondary), and Mr Avtar Singh, Superintendent in the Education Department.


Excise chief meets traders
Ludhiana, September 19
A meeting of the Regional Advisory Committee and the Textile Consultative Committee was held here yesterday under the chairmanship of Mr H.K. Mittal, Commissioner, Central Excise. Mr Rajesh Sodhi, Additional Commissioner, and Mr Sandeep Puri, Joint Commissioner, were also present.

‘Make exim form implementation smooth’
Ludhiana, September 19
The exim form has been made effective from September 1, but its implementation and procedure adopted to issue to the trade and industry has been found to be cumbersome and time-consuming.



10 schools divested of science stream
Equipment shifted to 10 new allottees
Ludhiana, September 19
Adopting rationalisation policy in government schools, the District Education Department has scrapped science stream for Classes XI and XII in as many as 10 schools here and allotted these to 10 new schools.

Seminar for visually challenged teachers
Ludhiana, September 19
“We have learnt how to deal afresh with the mental state of parents who have visually challenged children and how to lessen their tension when they come to attend school,” said a village teacher, Mr Bapaditya Das, from West Bengal after listening to a lecture by resource persons. 

Contests, seminar held in college
Ludhiana, September 19
Several activities were organised here yesterday for students of Guru Nanak Girls College to give them more knowledge about the subjects they are learning. A host of seminars were organised and guests were welcomed by the Principal, Ms Charanjit Mahal.

‘Koshish-2003’ from today
Ludhiana, September 19
Koshish-2003, the annual week-long cultural and literary festival, will begin at the Punjab College of Technical Education from tomorrow.

Entrepreneurship workshop begins
Ludhiana, September 19
To create awareness regarding entrepreneurship, Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised a two-day state level workshop on the ‘Entrepreneurship awareness’ that began here today.

Lathi charge on students flayed
Amloh, September 19
Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former minister, today criticised the government for beating up students of Punjabi University, Patiala, yesterday. He said due to the hike in fees in universities, most of the students could not get admission.


Court verdict to help anti-encroachment campaign
Ludhiana, September 19
The verdict given by the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the administration was not bound to provide alternative site for ejecting unlawful occupants from government property has come as a shot in the arm for anti-encroachment drives by the district and civic administration in the city, as also in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Backup system for lifts at district courts
Ludhiana, September 19
After Ludhiana Tribune highlighted the poor condition of elevators installed in the New Judicial Complex, the authorities concerned yesterday swung into action and provided a backup system by way of batteries for the elevators. Twelve persons had been trapped inside an elevator, which apparently malfunctioned and got stuck midway for more than half an hour.


Unending romance with Urdu poetry
Ludhiana, September 19
You fall in love with Urdu poetry at the first sight. That is what happened with Amarjit Singh Verma. He not only loved it amateurishly, but also started composing poetry himself.


Dr P.S. RamaniExercise must in life, says expert
Ludhiana, September 19
“Human body requires exercise and not relaxation. But since we do not strain our body and believe in leading a luxurious life, it has led to an increase in backaches and slip discs”, said Dr P.S. Ramani, former Head, Department of Neuro and Spinal Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, and LTM Medical College and Hospital, Mumbai, while interacting with Ludhiana Tribune here today. 

Family welfare programme comes to an end?
Ludhiana, September 18
The staff of Post Partum (family welfare) Centre at Dr B.L.Kapoor Memorial Hospital has been passing through mental agony due to the non-receipt of salaries for the past two years. Their salaries have been held up due to the non-release of annual grant-in-aid by the state government with a result that the programme is on the verge of closure.

Hero institute chosen for genomic project
Ludhiana, September 19
The National Institute of Health, USA, and the University of Pittsburg have chosen Hero DMC Heart Institute along with AIIMS New Delhi, and PGIMER, Chandigarh, for Genomic Indo-US collaboration project on genomic studies on diabetes and premature coronary artery disease amongst Indians, specially Punjabis.


300 to take part in martial arts meet
Ludhiana, September 19
Around 300 participants are expected to take part in the 13th National Open Full Contact Martial Arts Championship that begins here at Ram Bhagat Hanuman Mandir Dharamshala, New Madhopuri, tomorrow.


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