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Practical farce at practicals
Students carry stoves, food, cylinders to labs
Ludhiana, February 20
Taking board practicals can be tough at times, ask these Class X students who took the home science practicals of the Punjab School Education Board here today. As most of examination centres were without an adequate number of stoves and the other material, students were told to fetch these from their homes.

Class X students at the home-science practicals Class X students at the home-science practicals in Government Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. 
— Photo Inderjeet Verma



‘Salesmen robbers’ pay the price
Ludhiana, February 20
A group of local youths learnt the consequences of taking to “crime” the hard way here today. A few months ago, they were among the thousands of salesmen earning an honest livelihood, but then, they began “playing ‘satta’ and committing robberies” to clear the ‘satta’ debt.

Gang of car thieves busted
Ludhiana, February 20
Close on the heels of the recovery of 14 cars from an inter-state gang of thieves, the CIA-II wing of the local police has claimed to have busted another gang of thieves which apart from cars, even stole trucks from the region.

What’s corrupting building branch
Ludhiana, February 20
The registration of an FIR in a corruption case against three employees of the building branch of the local Municipal Corporation and the subsequent suspension of their services have done little to curb the corruption in this branch.

PMRY: new vistas for unemployed youth
Ludhiana, February 20
The Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yozna, introduced in 1994 by the Centre government, to encourage educated unemployed youths to set-up their own ventures, has opened new vistas of employment for some youth here. Under the scheme, the selected youth are provided training and easy loans through district industry centres.



Criminal activities on rise in Mandi Gobindgarh
Mandi Gobindgarh,  February 20
Terror prevails among the residents of this industrial town due to increase of criminal activities in the last few days. As per reports, a miscreant reportedly stole Rs 1.15 lakh from a scooter on February 15. Kala, an employee of a Mandi Gobindgarh-based steel re-rolling mill, came to the railway road branch of Punjab National Bank to withdraw cash.

PSHRC adopts Begowal village
Doraha, February 20
“Begowal village has been adopted by the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and the British Council. Steps have been taken to ensure all-round development of the village.” This was stated by Mr V.K. Khanna, Chairman, Punjab State Human Rights Commission. 

BKU to oppose verdict on SYL canal
Ludhiana, February 20
Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union would stage a dharna at the residence of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in Delhi on February 26 to register their protest against the Supreme Court decision on the SYL canal.

Cable operators feel threatened
Ludhiana, February 20
The Northern India Cable Operators Association has alleged that Multinational Companies were pushing thousands of cable operators out of business to establish their monopoly in the market.

Towards the end of all knowledge
Ludhiana, February 20
He not only believes in the philosophy of the Vedanta that preaches “You live by choice, not by chance”, but has dedicated his life to spreading Vedic knowledge. “Vedanta — the end of knowledge for mankind, is basically the knowledge of life and living and unless you understand this, you cannot live a full life”, says Gautam Jain, who has dedicated his life to the research and propagation of the Vedanta.

Two injured in accident
Sahnewal, February 20
Two scooterists were reportedly injured in an accident on the Sahnewal-Kohara road yesterday.

Tipsy ‘winemen’ get a punch
Ludhiana, February 20
Members of a marriage party beat up three tipsy intruders who had entered a marriage palace here and demanded money for drinking. Force had to be used as the intruders could not be persuaded to leave peacefully.



Body fished out
Ludhiana, February 20
The body of a 92-year-old man, Joginder Singh, was found floating in a pond of Baddowal village on Monday. Reportedly, Joginder had gone out to relieve himself on February 15 and fell into the pond while washing his hands. 


‘Remove controls to boost economic growth’
Ludhiana, February 20
“The history of economic growth reveals that whenever the governments have tried to control the economy, it has only led to corruption and decline in economic growth.  



SGPC to set up Sikh Education Board
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 20
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee President Kirpal Singh Badunagar said a committee would set up Sikh Education Board shortly. Speaking to Ludhiana Tribune, Badungar said the board would work for the improvement of educational institutions run by the SGPC.


UTI penalised for deficiency in service
Ludhiana, February 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Unit Trust of India to pay Rs 2,000 on account of deficiency in service and cost of litigation to Mr Jagtar Singh, a resident of Sahabana village, for illegally scraping his ULIP policy. The UTI had closed the policy of the complainant as its records showed that the man was dead, although he was alive.



Punjab women more prone to breast cancer
Ludhiana, February 20
Affluence in Punjab and the neighbouring states has led to an increase in the cases of breast cancer among women in the region as compared to other diseases related to changing lifestyle. 

Lecture on osteoporosis on February 22
Ludhiana, February 20
To create health awareness among the masses, the Health Education Cell of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise the 33rd public health lecture on “Osteoporosis — Prevention and treatment”. The lecture will be delivered by Dr S.C. Ahuja, Principal and Professor and Chief of Orthopaedics, DMCH, on February 22 in Dumra Auditorium.


Punjab, Delhi shine in tug-of-war meet
Ludhiana, February 20
Hosts Punjab and Delhi shared honours in the 14th Senior National Tug-of-War Championship held at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, near here today. Punjab emerged triumphant in the men’s section (640 kg) and in the women’s section (480 kg) categories. Delhi emerged victorious in the men’s (600 kg) category.
Punjab and Manipur in action in the 14th Senior National Tug-of-War Championship
Punjab and Manipur in action in the 14th Senior National Tug-of-War Championship at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy in Ludhiana on Wednesday. 
— PTI photo

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