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Parents cremated; children’s bodies still untraced
Uccha Jattan (Khamano), April 16
Sixty-year-old Kesar Singh, sarpanch of this village, had cremated his daughter-in-law yesterday. Today, he performed the last rites of his son. With his eyes gone dry after crying inconsolably for the past many days, Kesar Singh was blankly staring at the pyre of his son.
Wailing sisters of deceased Gurmeet Singh at Uccha Jattan village on Saturday
Wailing sisters of deceased Gurmeet Singh at Uccha Jattan village on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

MC, police, religious places major encroachers
Ludhiana, April 16
Even as officials of Ludhiana Improvement Trust, (LIT), claim to wage a war against the encroachers in the city, they seem to be facing an impossible task, if the list of encroachers is any indication.


Woollen mill fire controlled after 36 hours
Ludhiana, April 16
The fire in Supreme Woollen Mills in Kanganwal village near here, that had broken out on Thursday evening, was controlled by the Fire Brigade today. After shouldering for more than 36 hours, the fire was finally doused at 8 a.m. in the morning. A team of Fire Brigade worked round the clock to control it.

Oswal property auctioned for default in payment
Ludhiana, April 16
Property belonging to M/s KR Oswal Hosiery was auctioned by Punjab National Bank for default in payment to the tune of Rs 39 lakh late last evening. While the property was sold for Rs 23.30 lakh, the bank will launch proceedings to recover the remaining payment.

Hero Cycles management, workers willing to end strike
Ludhiana, April 16
To resolve the ongoing labour strike at Hero Cycles, a meeting between workers, management and Labour Department Officials was held in Mini secretariat here today. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, sources said.

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18 lakh bonded labourers in Sindh, says NGO head
Ludhiana, April 16
Comrade Ghulam Hussain, an agriculturist and a social activist from Sindh, Pakistan, feels that government, other social organisations and the police were doing nothing for the release of more than 18 lakh bonded labourers in Sindh, Pakistan. Chairman of Himmat group- an NGO fighting for the rights of people, Ghulam Hussain said that these people were kept in chain by their employers and they were not allowed to raise their voice against these atrocities.

The lure of nectar draws a butterfly to a flower on a hot afternoon in Ludhiana
Nature at play!: The lure of nectar draws a butterfly to a flower on a hot afternoon in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Rise in bronchial cases due to dusty winds
Ludhiana, April 16
Sudden rise and fall in the temperature during the past few days, coupled with ongoing harvesting of wheat, has added to the woes of the people. Information gathered by Ludhiana Tribune indicates that a large number of residents were suffering from bronchial asthma, naso-bronchial allergy, flu-like symptoms common cold and cough, fever, bouts of sneezing and watery discharge from eyes.

Uniform implementation of VAT sought
Ludhiana, April 16
The Federation of Yarn Trade and Industries has demanded uniform implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) throughout the country. In a letter to the chairman of the VAT Advisory Committee, Mr Asim Dass Gupta, the federation also pointed out the complications in the new system and said there had been no endeavours by the state government to generate awareness on VAT.

Dhoni lookalike surprises cricket lovers
Ludhiana, April 16

For 22-year-old Ravi Verma, the lady luck could not have smiled in a better way. He resembles the latest cricket sensation, Mohinder Singh Dhoni, Indian wicket keeper who smashed Pakistani bowlers in the second one-day match at Visakhapatnam. Ravi, a lookalike of Dhoni, is a salesman working with a medical distribution company in the Pindi Street drug market. He admits that he is no cricket fan and has a “least knowledge” of the game or its stars. He has been into body building and small-time modelling. It his hairstyle, face and other features that resemble with Mohinder Dhoni.

Ravi Verma, lookalike of wicketkeeper Mohinder Singh Dhoni, plays a match in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photo

Ravi Verma, lookalike of wicketkeeper Mohinder Singh Dhoni, plays a match in Ludhiana on Friday

Shobha Yatras mark Navratras
Ludhiana, April 16

A sea of devotees was seen participating in two Shobha Yatras taken out here on the eve of Ramnavami. The Shri Sanatan Dharam Mahotsav Committee took out the 57th shobha Yatra from Daresi Ground here today at 2pm. A yagna at Sri Sita Mata Mandir , Daresi, was performed and was attended by Mr Surinder Dawar, Parliamentary Secretary, Lala Lajpat Rai, ex -MP and many others.

A devotee dressed as Lord Hanuman leads Shobha Yatra from Daresi ground in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by I.V.
A devotee dressed as Lord Hanuman leads Shobha Yatra from Daresi ground

Canada sets target of immigrant aspirants
Ludhiana, April 16
The Canada Government has set target for the current year for those who aspire to go there as permanent residents and for other purposes. Giving details of the programme, Mr Joe Volpe, Minsiter for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), said since Canada continued to attract and welcome people from all over the world and it remained a country of immigrants, newcomers that strengthen the fabric of their society, they have set target of inviting more than two lakh persons each year during the next three years.

Residents getting contaminated water
Khanna, April 16
Residents of Bazigar Basti in the Model Town area here have been receiving contaminated water for the past four days. They said the water contained feathers of pigeons and small lizards.

Apple festival begins
Ludhiana, April 16
Ever thought of enjoying the savours of the best apple flavours with a dash of chicken added to it or topping up your meal with mouth-watering desserts on a base of apple rabri? For those who just don’t seem to do without their daily dose of apple, Washington Apples have a delight in store for gourmets this summer.

Kalyan is dist Cong Legal Cell president
Samrala, April 16
Mr S.K. Kalyan, advocate, here has been appointed President of the Congress Legal Cell (Youth Rural) of Ludhiana district by Mr Harprit Singh, President of the Youth Congress Legal Cell, Punjab, at a function held here today.



Students of Gaggun Bedi’s Institute of Fine Arts celebrate Navratras by performing dandiya
Students of Gaggun Bedi’s Institute of Fine Arts celebrate Navratras by performing dandiya on Friday. — Photo by I.V.

Girls opting for medicine, boys commerce
Ludhiana, April 16
The tough competition for professional courses has forced students to make a beeline for coaching institutes even as the qualifying examinations of certain classes are still going on.

4 BCM students clear CBSE PMT prelims
Ludhiana, April 16
Four students from BCM School have cleared the CBSE PMT Preliminary entrance examination-2005.

CPI flays move to privatise education
Ludhiana, April 16
A meeting of executive committee of the CPI of held here today under the presidentship of Comrade Mewa Singh, The press note issued by Dr Arun Mitra stated that in a unanimous resolution the members critisised the Punjab Government’s move to privatise 2,000 government schools.

Sikh scholar honoured
Ludhiana, April 16
The Sahitkar Sadan, a literary organisation of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, honoured a young Sikh scholar and historian, Mr Anurag Singh, with the Sardar Santa Singh Aziz Memorial Literary Award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 3100/- a plaque, a memento and a shawl here yesterday.

Non-teaching staff union poll today
Khanna, April 16
Election of the Non-Teaching Employees Union working in affiliated private colleges of Punjab, Punjabi, Guru Nanak Dev Universities will be held on April 17 at Doaba College, Jalandhar, which were postponed earlier, according to a press note issued by D.K. Manro, senior vice-president of the union here.


District Cultural Society celebrates installation year
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 16
The District Cultural Society celebrated the 14th installation year of the society in the district at Gobindgarh Public School here. Parliamentary Secretary Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, who was the chief guest, congratulated the society members and exhorted them to organise such programmes in the rural areas.


Cochlear implant, a hope for the deaf
Ludhiana, April 16
Cochlear Implants, latest medical advancement in hearing technology, has converted the disappointment of 7-year-old deaf girl Muskaan’s parents into delight by restoring her sense of hearing. The cochlear surgery was performed by Dr Kathuria in a hospital in New Delhi and was kept under the care of audiologist, Ms Meenakshi Wadhera, for 6 months for training.

Muskaan, a deaf & dumb girl, whose hearning has been restored after cochlear implantation. 
Muskaan, a deaf & dumb girl, whose hearning has been restored after Cochlear implantation

Dental check-up camps from today
Ludhiana, April 16
The Indian Dental Association IDA Ludhiana branch will organise dental check-up camps’ at different locations in the city on April 17, 23 and 24. The programme will be carried out jointly by IDA and Colgate India. Dr Vivek Saggar, President and Dr KBS Kuckreja, Secretary IDA Ludhiana said that this programme was forhygiene awareness in the country.


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