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DMC faculty up in arms against proposed police post
Police denies any such move

Ludhiana, April 19
Ending all confusion about its stand on the proposed construction of a police post in the DMC premises, the DMC faculty has launched a signature campaign opposing the move.

205 retrenched staff starving for jobs
Ludhiana, April 19
The proposed setting up of an airport near Laddowal village has spelt doom for 205 employees of Punjab Agro Industrial Corporation (PAIC) who were issued retrenchment notices soon after they were transferred to the corporation after fighting a long battle with the state government.

Chemists give one month to govt on VAT
Ludhiana, April 19
With the state government responding in a positive manner to the issues related to value added tax (VAT) on medicines, chemists in the state have decided to give a month’s time to the government before resuming the agitation and stopping purchase of medicines as a measure of protest.


Sevadar charged with paedophalia; arrested
Khanna, April 19
The Khanna police has arrested Sher Singh, a sevadar at a religious place, for allegedly sodomising an 11-year-old deaf and dumb boy in Azad Nagar here. On Monday evening Sher Singh had sodomised the boy who had come to the religious place to pay obeisance. The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital, Khanna.

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Missing officer’s kin ask Pervez to end their agony
Ludhiana, April 19
Hoping against hope for the release of Flight-Lieut Gurdev Singh Rai of Chak Sarwan Nath village, allegedly held captive as a Prisoner of War (POW) by Pakistan in 1971, his relatives have made an earnest appeal to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to end their misery by telling them whether he was ever held captive or not.

Subordinate services employees decry privatisation
Ludhiana, April 19
The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation held a protest march in favour of their demands at the mini secretariate here today. Members also came in support of the electricity board employees by wearing black badges. The rally was organised against the governments’ decision to privatise various departments.
Members of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation hold a protest rally at the mini secretariat in Ludhiana
Members of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation hold a protest rally at the mini secretariat in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Councillors end fast on assurance
Khanna, April 19
A relay fast, started by opposition Councillors of the Khanna Municipal Council against the poor sewerage system in the city, was ended today after getting an assurance of the Superintending Engineer, Sewerage Board, that the work of disposal of the sewer would be completed within six months.

Demolition of green belt wall irks traders
Ludhiana, April 19
Demolition of a wall lining a green belt in the Feroze Gandhi market has evoked protests from office-bearers of the Traders and Property Owners Association, who alleged that it was the handiwork of car dealers, who wanted more parking space.

Missing teacher’s body found from canal
Khanna, April 19
The body of a schoolteacher who had been missing for the past some days was found from a canal near Khanauri in Sangrur district today. According to the information, Harmanjit Singh (30), resident of Uttam Nagar working as a teacher in Khalsa School, Khanna, had gone to pay obeisance at Gurdwara Kalgidhar on April 13 but did not return.

Woman dies as stove bursts


Woman tortured, thrown out of house over dowry
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 19
A girl belonging to the town was thrown out from her husband’s house, as her widow mother could not fulfil the demands of her in-laws which included a car. The police has booked five persons under the anti-dowry act for allegedly harassing the girl to bring more dowry from her mother.

Unauthorised colony carved, one booked
Jagraon, April 19
Surinder Singh of Raikot without seeking permission from PUDA has carved a colony on his land. The police has registered a case under Sections 2 (1) 3, 5, 21, 36 of the PAPR Act on the complaint of Mr Narinder Singh, Assistant Engineer Office, Additional Chief Administrator, PUDA, Ludhiana. The police has initiated investigation but no arrest has been made so far.

3-year-old crushed to death


Industrialists for stronger Indo-Pak trade ties
Ludhiana, April 19
Improving trade ties might not be on top of the priority list for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, but industrialists in Punjab are hopeful that the issue would be taken up for “strong trade ties could better relations between the two nations”.

Textile industry needs to gear up
Ludhiana, April 19
Globalisation and the post Multi Fiber Agreement (MFA) regime have brought new opportunities and the textile industry must gear up to take advantage of these opportunities resolutely.


Training of farmers for Canada begins
Ludhiana, April 19
A four-week training course for farmers for Canada began at Kairon Kisan Ghar of Punjab Agricultural University today .Thirty farmers are attending this course which is being organised by the Directorate of Extension Education, PAU, sponsored by WWICS.


Pvt schools want board to review decision
Amloh, April 19
The local unit of the Punjab Private Schools Organisation has flayed the proposal of the Punjab School Education Board to stop Board Examination for private students. Public schools are out of the reach of the middle and poor classes whereas the post of teachers are lying vacant in government schools. The only choice remains with private schools.

Students burn Johar’s effigy
Ludhiana, April 19

The Punjab Student Union (Shaheed Randhava), Punjab Students Federation, and other students unions held a strike and burnt the effigy of Harnam Dass Johar here today to protest against the state government’s decision to privatise the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs).

Various students’ federations burn the effigy of state Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar against the move to privatise ITIs, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by I.V.
Various students’ federations burn the effigy of state Education Minister Harnam Dass Johar against the move to privatise ITIs

Career counselling at GNIMT for plus II students
Ludhiana, April 19
Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, organised a seminar on career counselling for plus II students. About 70 students of various schools from Ludhiana and nearby areas participated in the seminar recently. Many parents of students also accompanied them.

Dharamsot promises regularisation of contractual teachers
Amloh, April 19
Children are the future of our country, the development and freedom of the country depends upon them, so the teachers should look after their all- round development, keeping aside their personal money for the purpose, asserted Mr. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Parliamentary Secretary (Home, Justice and PWD).

Protest by govt teachers
Samrala, April 19
Hundreds of government school teachers wore black badges as a mark of protest against the Punjab Government’s policy of respectedly handing over the management of 2,000 government schools to the Oswal group of industries and Lovely Group.


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