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Laws or whims — what runs PAU?
Ludhiana, August 9
Is the Punjab Agricultural University being run on the whims and fancies of its authorities or do the statutes of the PAU govern decision making? The former seems more likely going by the university board’s decision to abolish the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

Life term for murdering tenant
Ludhiana, August 9
A nurse, Raj Chopra (55), resident of New Shivaji Nagar, Ludhiana, has been sentenced to life imprisonment, and a fine of Rs 2000 has been imposed on her, on a charge of killing her tenant, Mohinder Pal (25), with a knife, on the intervening night of January 25 and 26, 1997. Delivering the verdict, Mr S S Arora, Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, held that prosecution had successfully proved the guilt of accused beyond any doubt.

Murder case registered
Ludhiana, August 9
Acting swiftly on a news report about the mysterious death of a young girl of Rurka village, the Jagraon police today registered a case of murder and conspiracy against unknown persons. Mr Balkar Singh, SSP, Jagraon, said the case had been registered on secret information as nobody in the village or any relative of the deceased girl or boy as ready to complain or come on record about the incident.


Rain lashes city
Ludhiana, August 9
Residents finally heaved a sigh of relief as rain lashed most parts of the city in the early hours of today, breaking the long dry spell. There had been no rains after the month of Sawan got off to wet start. The city had a cool day yesterday following brief showers in some parts of the city in the morning. Though the sky had been overcast for most part of the month, there have been no rains for the past three weeks or so, making it very hot and humid. Today's showers, which started a little after 4 a.m., brought down the temperature, making it pleasant to be outdoors.
A wall of Sarswati Public School collapsed due to a heavy rain.
A wall of Sarswati Public School collapsed due to a heavy rain in Civil Lines, Ludhiana, on Thursday. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Labour Dept fails to start schools for child labourers
Ludhiana, August 9
The Labour Department here has failed to start 40 schools, as planned under the Child Labour Rehabilitation Project. The project had been sanctioned by the Ministry of Labour under the National Child Labour about six months ago.

More powers sought for consumer forums
Ludhiana, August 9
The idea of amendment in the Consumer Protection Act to empower consumer forums to have more teeth has been widely appreciated by people. They strongly support certain amendments in the CPA Amendment Bill pending before a parliamentary standing committee.

New district police chief lists priorities
Ludhiana, August 9
Almost a week after assuming the office of the SSP, Ludhiana, Mr Harpreet Singh Sidhu, finds the city as any other city in Punjab. In an interview with Ludhiana Tribune, the SSP, who carries an image of being a hard task-master, ‘immune’ to political and ‘other’ pressures, and one who does not enjoy very friendly relations with the media, talks about his plans to control crime in the city, ensure discipline in the force and minimise complaints against the police.



Infighting in NCP intensifies
Ludhiana, August 9
The ongoing fierce faction fighting in the Nationalist Congress Party intensified as the state party president, Mr Swarn Singh, today announced the removal of the district chief, Mr Rashpal Singh Gill, and replaced him with Mr Rajesh Chadha.

The liberation of the mind
HE equilibrium at the heart of things is all that matters in the universe. Likewise, it has always been the endeavour of human beings to lead a well-balanced life. The change that has come in the way of life, mostly under the influence of the western culture, has created grooves in our minds.

Council’s charter of demands to MLA
Ludhiana, August 9
The Common man Welfare Council, a newly constituted body to look after the welfare of residential areas of wards 11 to 19, here presented a charter of demands to Mr Hira Singh Gabria, Akali MLA representing the area.

Janmashtami — one day they long for
Ludhiana, August 9
At least one day in the year, residents of Kusht Ashram Leprosy Colony do not feel isolated from society. Inmates here long for Janmashtami when normal and healthy people spend nearly a full day with the leprosy-afflicted residents, share their joys and sorrows, offer prayers with them, eat the prasad prepared by them — all out of a religious belief that blessings from such people on Janmashtami will bring good fortune.
Leprosy patients make arrangements for the Janmashtami.
Leprosy patients make arrangements for the Janmashtami celebrations. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Vote for candidates, not parties: morcha
Ludhiana, August 9
Shri Hemkunt Sikh Morcha has appealed to the people of Punjab to vote for candidates on the basis of their personal character rather than going in for the parties in the next elections to the Vidhan sabha.

Crackdown on eve-teasers
Ludhiana, August 9
In a crackdown on eve-teasers, the police has increased vigil around the girls schools, colleges and other vulnerable places in the city. A number of boys indulging in eve-teasing have been caught by the police. 

Animal Welfare Day organised
Ludhiana, August 9
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, College of Veterinary Sciences, PAU, Ludhiana, organised an Animal Welfare Day at Satyana village yesterday. 



Kidnapped man untraced
Jagraon, August 9
Ms Manjit Kaur has alleged that her husband, Mohan Singh, employed in a liquor shop at Chhajjawal, was allegedly kidnapped by Bhupinder Singh and Pappi, the vend contractors, on August 3, and his whereabouts are still not known. The police has registered a case under Sections 364 and 34 of the IPC.

Man rapes daughter-in-law
Ludhiana, August 9
The city police has booked a man on the charges of raping, threatening and sexually exploiting his daughter-in-law. According to a case registered at the Division No. 6 police station, the accused, Harish Kumar, first raped his youngest daughter-in-law, a resident of Kundan Puri, in early July and then threatened her not to tell about it to anyone. The victim was raped at the house of the elder son of the accused.



Agriculturists acquainted with latest manufacturing technologies
Ludhiana, August 9
A special 20-day programme for acquainting agriculturists with new technology organised by the Department of Farm Power and Machinery concluded here on Tuesday. The concluding programme on ‘manufacturing technologies for agricultural machinery’ under NATP-ICAR was presided over by the chief guest, Dr I.K. Garg, Head, Department of Farm Power and Machinery.

Durum wheat variety
Ludhiana, August 9
The Research Evaluation Committee of Punjab Agricultural University at its meeting held under the chiarmanship of Dr M.S. Bajwa, Director of Research, approved new durum wheat variety PDW-274 and chickpea variety BG-1053 for putting before the estate seed variety approval committee for consideration for release in Punjab. The PDW-274 variety has been developed by Dr G.S. Mahal and his team. 


Inter-school vedic lecture contest
Ludhiana, August 9
Jagdip Singh, who spoke on the utility of the message of Bhagwad Gita in modern times, was adjudged the winner of the inter-school vedic lecture contest organised at Guru Nanak Khalsa High School (Gujjarkhan) here.


Forum fines courier company
Ludhiana, August 9
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Akash Ganga Courier Services to pay Rs 2,500 as compensation on account of deficiency in services to Mr Ashok Kumar, a resident of Dal Bazar. The forum further directed the courier company to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the consumer.



The shining stars of fashion designing
Shelly BaryahRaman Vij
Ludhiana, August 9
Ludhiana has become a happening city because talented young people have made their mark in the fashion scene, event management and entreprenuership of different kinds. The two bright stars in the field of creative designing are Raman Vij and Shelly Baryah. The only thing common between the two is that both got training in the National Institute of Fashion Designing.


A miracle bean called soyabean
Ludhiana, August 9
According to Prof Faqir Chand Shukla of the Food Nutrition Department , Punjab Agricultural University, most of our diet is deficient in proteins and calories, and this protein-calorie malnutrition spawns several disorders. Cereals constitute the major part of our diet, but they are deficient in essential amino-acid lysine. 

How to prevent and stop allergies
LLERGY is a common problem in world today. Allergy can occur in all age groups. Allergy comes in many forms. Hay fever, with its symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny, stuffy or itchy nose, temporary loss of smell, headache and feeling tired, is the most common form of allergy.Top

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