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FCI to procure 35 per cent of paddy
Official procurement begins in various mandis 
BUMPER HARVESTJagraon, October 1
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) will purchase 35 per cent of the expected arrival of 125 million tonnes of paddy in Punjab during the current procurement season.

BUMPER HARVEST: A labourer winnows paddy at Jagraon mandi as official procurement of the produce began in Punjab on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by  Pardeep Tewari

No respite from dengue
Ludhiana, October 1
At least six fresh dengue cases were reported at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday. With the new admissions, the total number of admitted patients at the DMCH has increased up to 74. Over 124 dengue cases were reported in the hospital so far.


Building violations under vigilance scanner
Ludhiana, October 1
The vigilance department of the Local Self Government is keeping a close watch on the violations of building bylaws in all major towns of Punjab. Municipal corporations and other local bodies have been issuing directions from time to time to curb violations as also to take stern action against acts of omission and commission by officials of building branches of the respective civic bodies.

Youth’s bid to commit suicide
Ludhiana, October 1
A local youth tried to commit suicide by firing a shot at himself at his residence in Phase-I, Dugri, here last midnight. The only son of an industrialist, the 25-year-old youth, is now battling for life at the local DMC hospital. His condition is stated to be serious. Police sources said that the reason for the bid to suicide could not be ascertained as yet.


Gandhi’s memorial cries for attention
Phillaur, October 1
Even as the entire nation will remember Mahatma Gandhi on his 134th birth anniversary tomorrow, a memorial raised in the memory of the Father of Nation near the old bridge on the Sutlej, where his ashes were immersed as per his wishes on February 12, 1948, cries for attention.
The memorial of Mahatama Gandhi, near the Sutlej at Phillaur, in a state of neglect. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
The memorial of Mahatama Gandhi, near the Sutlej at Phillaur, in a state of neglect

Navratras celebrations by Gujaratis
Ludhiana, October 1
Songs of Phalguni Pathak wafted in air and young couples performed “dandia ras” at Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here yesterday. The dance will continue for five days. It seems that the place has never been looked after.

Gujarati community members perform Dandia to celebrate Navratras at Lakshmi Narayan Temple in Ludhiana on Tuesday night. — A Tribune photograph
Gujarati community members perform Dandia to celebrate Navratras at Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Durga Puja begins
Ludhiana, October 1
The Bengali Cultural Club is organising Durga Puja with a great enthusiasm. The five-day festivities will continue till October 5. This was announced by Mr Malay Ray, president of the club, in a press note.

PAN card shows discrepancies
Ludhiana, October 1
A local resident has reported discrepancies in his PAN card which he received from the Income Tax PAN Services Unit of UTI recently. Mr Upinder Bir Singh, a resident of Urban Estate, Dugri, said that he was shocked to find the photograph and signature of a woman, Darshan Kaur, on his PAN card number-AAYPK0220G.

LMA silver jubilee function
Ludhiana, October 1
The Ludhiana Management Association is organising its 25th annual function on October 5. Justice O.P. Verma, Governor, Punjab, will be the chief guest. This was announced by Mr Manjit Singh, president, and Mr V.K. Goyal, general secretary, respectively, of the association, here today.


Lottery sellers rounded up
Ludhiana, October 1
The police swooped down on a cluster of lottery sellers in Haibowal Kalan in strength and rounded up some of them soon after the result of the super lottery was announced today.

Five booked for defying Magistrate’s order
Ludhiana, October 1
Five persons of Bhamian Kalan village were booked under Section 188 of the IPC at the division number 7 police station yesterday. The accused, who have been booked for disobeying the order of the District Magistrate by refusing to join ’thikri pehra’ in the village, have been identified as Malkiat Singh, Ajit Singh, Kuldeep Singh, Prem Singh and Jassi.


Cycles’ consignment sent to Japan
Ludhiana, October 1
Hero Cycles Limited has dispatched its first trial lot of bicycles to Japan. Addressing a function organised here today to mark the shipment of first consignment of bicycles to Japan, a company spokesperson said the vast market for bicycles in Japan was dominated by local manufacturers. 

Bicycle given to lucky winner
Ludhiana, October 1
Mr Shahsi Kant Joshi of Durgapuri in Haibowal locality has won a bicycle in the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) petro card lucky draw taken out at Azad Fuel Centre, a retail outlet of the company at Cemetery Road here on Tuesday. Mr Anant Ram, a veteran freedom fighter and partner of the firm presented the prize to the winner.
Mr Shashi Pal Joshi, winner of BPCL petro card lucky draw, being presented a bicycle by Mr Anant Ram, partner of Azad Fuel Centre in Ludhiana on Wednesday. 
Mr Shashi Pal Joshi, winner of BPCL petro card lucky draw, being presented a bicycle by Mr Anant Ram



Admission to MBBS course completed
Ludhiana, October 1
The admission to the MBBS course of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has been completed. The final counselling in this regard was held at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences at Faridkot yesterday.

NGOs’ role in education hailed
Mandi Gobindgarh,  October 1
The role of non-government organisations cannot be overlooked in the development and growth of society and nation. Educational trusts and private institutions have played an integral part in providing school and higher education to students. 

Painting exhibition in school
Ludhiana, October 1
Depicting their creative skills, commercial art students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, held a painting exhibition here today.
The exhibition was a treat for art lovers and provided an opportunity for budding artists to show their talent. 



Eat well during  pregnancy
re you pregnant? If yes, then take care. Your body becomes more efficient when you’re expecting a baby and makes even better use of energy you obtain from the food you eat. The average woman does not need any extra calories for the first six months of pregnancy and only about 200 extra calories per day for the last three months. 

Blood donation day observed
Ludhiana, October 1
The National Voluntary Blood Donation Day was observed in the city today. Various functions, including blood donation camps and awareness drives, were launched to observe the day.

Students of SAN Jain School donate blood on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of SAN Jain School donate blood on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day


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