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Girls handed over to parents amid confusion
Ludhiana, February 1
Seven-year-old Pooja and her three-year-old sister Shabnam’s wait ended as their parents returned today, amid confusion that prevailed after Mr Naginder Verma and his wife approached the local police, as Sharafil, the man who had left the two girls with them, failed to turn up. Jyoti with her daughters at the Basti Jodhewal police station on the city on Wednesday.
Jyoti with her daughters at the Basti Jodhewal police station on the city on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Help must for victims with suicidal tendencies
Ludhiana, February 1

Following a spate of suicides in the recent past, a city-based homoeopath has asked the residents to help the victims with suicidal tendencies.


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Minor fire in bank
Khanna, February 1
A fire broke out in the OBC Bank on the GT Road this morning. It was controlled after two hours. A short-circuit was said to be the reason behind the fire. Fire tenders from Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana were pressed into service. No one was injured in the incident. Some records of the bank were reportedly destroyed in fire.

Unscheduled power cuts irk residents
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 1
Unscheduled power cuts imposed for hours daily have caused resentment among local residents and industrialists. Industry representatives alleged in addition to the compulsory cuts, the industry was also suffering due to unscheduled power cuts.

PAU gets over Rs 3 crore grant for seed production
Ludhiana, February 1
For seed production in field crops, fruits and vegetables, Punjab Agricultural University has been given Rs 3.73 crore by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) as part of the nationwide Rs 198- crore schemes. This two-year project will operate in 85 centres with 100 per cent financial support from the ICAR.

Traffic diverted
Ludhiana, February 1
Owing to the ongoing construction of the elevated road from Chand Cinema to Jagraon Bridge, the Municipal Corporation has decided to divert the traffic coming from Ferozpore Road, Gill Chowk, Dholewal Chowk and Ghantaghar to Tool Market from February 3.

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COMMUNITY

Experts for cost-effective farming for better returns
Ludhiana, February 1
The Director of Agriculture, Mr Balwinder Singh Sidhu, has attributed higher cost of cultivation to the lack of application of recommended agricultural practices by farmers, particularly fertilizer use and farm machinery.

Artistes resent obscenity during music parties
Ludhiana, February 1
Bar girls’ dance might have been banned in Mumbai, but in most parts of Punjab and Ludhiana in particular, semi-clad dancing girls at marriage parties has become the norm these day. There are less artistes and more dancing girls during the musical performances at various marriage parties and other functions.

Orchestra artistes stage a protest in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Orchestra artistes stage a protest in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Withdraw hike in cost of meters
Ludhiana, February 1
The United Cycle and parts Manufacturers Association has urged the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to withdraw the revised increased cost of meters, meter equipment and meter rentals.

Tributes paid to Kalpana Chawla
Ludhiana, February 1

Tributes were paid to Kalpana Chawla on her third death anniversary here today. A function was jointly organised by the Punjabi Sabhyachar Akademi, Ludiana, Apna Punjab Publications, New York, and the Young Writers Association, PAU.

A slide of Kalpana Chawla being shown at a function in Ludhiana on her death anniversary on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
A slide of Kalpana Chawla being shown at a function in Ludhiana on her death anniversary on Wednesday.

Khalsa Panchayat to launch Panthic campaign
Ludhiana, February 1
The Khalsa Panchayat has decided to launch a statewide campaign for community reformation, according to the Panchayat leader, Mr Charanjit Singh Channi. The campaign would be launched on Baisakhi.

BJP raps govt over price rise
Ludhiana, February 1
The BJP today criticised the state and central governments, led by the Congress, for the “extraordinarily soaring prices of essential commodities”. This had completely exposed the party’s “anti-people policies”, it said.

Pensioners up in arms against govt
Ludhiana, February 1
The Government Pensioners Association has alleged that more than five lakh state employees and pensioners are up in arms against the attitude of the government towards their demands.

 
AGRICULTURE

PAU encouraging rapeseed, mustard cultivation
Ludhiana, February 1
To boost oilseeds production, Punjab Agricultural University is encouraging the cultivation of rapeseed and mustard in the state. The area under these crops is increasing steadily. However, the damage due to the attack of aphids and some other insects and pests is proving to be a limiting factor in popularising the cultivation of these crops in Punjab.

EDUCATION

Seminar on careers and courses held
Ludhiana, February 1
The Doraha Institute of Management and Technology (DIMT) organised a seminar on ‘careers and courses’ available to students after graduation at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha here today.

Hindi Putri Pathshala students excel
Khanna, February 1
Students of Hindi Putri Pathshala secured second position in the All-India Sanskrit Smuh Gaan and lok geet competition organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad in Rajasthan at Palli from January 21 to 22.

Students visit milk plant
Khanna, February 1
Sixty students of the A.S. College for Women, here, visited the Super Milk Plant, Malerkotla Road, here with the college Principal Ms Rekha Bhardwaj on Tuesday. The Principal said the aim of this trip was to widen knowledge of the students. The students were given information regarding the processing of milk and manufacturing of milk products such as paneer, butter and desi ghee etc.

College fund use under cloud
Ludhiana, February 1
The College Development Council Fund, which is to be used for development purposes, seems to being spent elsewhere. The real beneficiaries of fund are wards of teachers and professors, who can bear the expenses of their studies.

Seminar held
Ludhiana, February 1
A seminar on ‘Focussing for Success’ was organised at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here today. The resource person for event was Col Rakesh Beri (retd).

Schools celebrate Basant Panchami
Ludhiana, February 1
The advent of the spring festival, Basant, was celebrated at BCM Arya Model School by the kindergarten section today. Tiny tots were happy to be dressed in yellow-yellow caps, scarves, flowers, bows and ribbons.


Students of Sanatan Vidya Mandir perform bhangra while they celebrate Basant Panchami in the school on Wednesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Students of Sanatan Vidya Mandir perform bhangra while they celebrate Basant Panchami in the school on Wednesday.

COURTS

Consumer Forum to settle fee disputes
Ludhiana, February 1
In its recent judgement, the Punjab State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Chandigarh, has held students, who have deposited the money or fee are to be considered as consumers and the non-refund of deposited amount as ‘Consumer Dispute’.

 

HEALTH

PCMS flays government
Ludhiana, February 1
The PCMS Association has flayed the “discriminatory” policy of the Punjab Government for providing benefit of four years to ad hoc/short-term service for regularisation of service of PCMS doctors. The association has urged the Principal Secretary, Department of Health, to provide this benefit to all eligible PCMS doctors on an equal footing.

Rajyoga meditation course
Ludhiana, February 1
A six-day session of “Rajyoga meditation course” organised by the health education cell of the DMCH in collaboration with Brahma Kumaris Rajyoga Meditation Centre concluded at Dumra Auditorium recently.

 
SPORTS

Rupinder, Harpreet best athletes
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 1
Rupinder Kaur and Harpreet Kaur were adjudged best athletes of Guru Harkishan Girls College, Phallewal Khurd, at the annual sports meet that concluded at the college premises last evening.

Sports meet from Feb 11
Ludhiana, February 1
The annual sports festival and the National Mata Gujri Kabaddi Cup Tournament to be organised by the Golden Youth Club will be held at Government Senior Secondary School, Gill village, near here, on February 11, 12 and 13.

Sports fraternity hails appointment
Ludhiana, February 1
The sports fraternity here has hailed the appointment of Mr K.R. Lakhanpal as Chief Secretary, Punjab. Mr Lakhanpal who served as Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, during the critical time of militancy in the state has contributed a lot towards the promotion of games here.

Sports fair at Kanganwal
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 1
Mr Jagtaran Singh of the Kanganwal Sports Club said the 3-day annual sports fair would commence at the village stadium tomorrow.

ADMINISTRATION

DC’s warning to disc jockeys, others
Ludhiana, February 1
The district administration has warned all disc jockeys (DJs) and music system owners to strictly abide by his orders issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code to check the problem of noise pollution.

Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, at a meeting with disc jockeys and owners of sound systems and band parties in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, at a meeting with disc jockeys and owners of sound systems and band parties in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

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