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2 sacked PAU teachers allege harassment
Ludhiana, April 13
Two teachers of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) whose services were terminated from PAU today alleged that they were not allowed by the authorities to meet the Agriculture Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, during her visit to the city inaugurate the athletic meet of the university two days ago.

Dr Amarjit Singh Grewal and Ms Sarabjit Dhaliwal, the teachers whose services were terminated by PAU, address a press conference in Ludhiana on Saturday. —A Tribune photograph.

Councillor under fire from partymen
Ludhiana, April 13
The SAD(B) councillor from ward no 40 in the city Ms Harpreet Kaur is under fire from her own party colleagues, who have charged her with neglecting the development of the localities represented by her and further diverting funds from her quota to other wards for personal benefits.


Crorepati dream catches on
Ludhiana, April 13
They dream of crores that are assured but never guaranteed. Yet they play and go on playing, trying to believe their destiny with liberal optimism. This is a common scene at an on line lottery machine, of the Playwin Infravest Pvt Ltd, where people belonging to all age groups try their luck.

Baisakhi celebrated
Ludhiana, April 13
Processions, kirtan, speeches, poetry recitation and games marked the Baisakhi celebrations in several schools of the city today. Thousands of students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir took out a procession from the school this morning to celebrate Vikrami Samvat-2059 and Baisakhi. The students in their school uniform with saffron ribbons on their wrists waved at the passersby. Many of them carried placards showing the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, farmers harvesting and verses and quotations. Children broke into bhangra and gidha all along the route.

Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir take out a procession to mark Vikrami Samvat-2059 and Baisakhi on Saturday.— A Tribune Photo Pradeep Tewari.
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir take out a procession to mark Vikrami Samvat-2059 and Baisakhi on Saturday.

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IHRO wants varsity VC sacked
Ludhiana, April 13
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) expressed its concern over the inaction of the Punjab Government as it has failed to remove the Vice-Chancellor of the Punjabi University as there were very clear directions of the Supreme Court of India, which are binding and enforceable in law, to fire a person such as Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, who is grossly involved in the sexual harassment of women students of his university.

TUs mobilise for strike
Ludhiana, April 13
The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has given a fervent call to the trade unions and other labour organisations to make the nationwide strike in financial institutions on April 16, a success so that the government could be forced to put a stop to its present policies of privatisation of public sector undertakings, curtailment of employment opportunities, reduction in interest rates on provident fund and anti-worker amendments in labour laws.

Chaotic Old GT Road
Ludhiana, April 13
The encroachments on both sides of the roads by rehri and phariwalas and the misuse of footpaths on both sides of the Old GT Road between Clock Tower and Railway Station by shopkeepers to display their goods, has been creating traffic problems but now the ongoing work for the Rs 34-crore Elevated Road project on this busy stretch has turned out be a nightmare for not only the vehicular traffic but even for the two wheeler drivers and pedestrians alike.
The stretch of road between the Clock Tower and the Railway Station has become a traffic bottleneck due to the ongoing work on the elevated road project.
The stretch of road between the Clock Tower and the Railway Station has become a traffic bottleneck due to the ongoing work on the elevated road project.

Chinese Vaastu’s Chi — water and air
Ludhiana, April 13
“Feng Shui is a part of Vaastu Shastra, which originated in India. It has returned to India in its new avatar Chinese Vaastu, says Krutika Sharma, President, International Society of ChineseVaastu. She is here to conduct a three-day seminar on Vaastu at Nehru Sidhant Kendra. Krutika says unlike Vaastu that works on the basis of directions, Feng Shui works on the concept of corners. 
Visitors examine different objects displayed at a seminar on Vaastu organised at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra in Ludhiana on Saturday.— A Tribune photograph
Visitors examine different objects displayed at a seminar on Vaastu organised at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Woman alleges cheating
Ludhiana, April 13
A resident of the Ajeet Nagar locality has accused officials of the Ludhiana chapter of the United Church of North India Association (UCNITA) of cheating her by way of denying her a plot for which she had made them the full payment. She alleged that the plot was allotted to some other influential person.

First meeting of the Punjab Sahit Akademi
Ludhiana, April 13
The first meeting of the newly elected Punjab Sahit Akademi was held at Punjabi Bhavan, today in which it was decided that a movement to create awareness about the Punjabi language would be started soon.

Women’s wear show
Ludhiana, April 13
Azure, an exhibition of designer Indian wear for women was organised at a local hotel here today. The exhibition had an exclusive range of collection of crepe, chiffon, georgette and cottons suits and sarees from Delhi.

Philatelic club organises exhibition
Ludhiana, April 13
The Department of Posts and The Ludhiana Philatelic Club have jointly organised a two-day stamp exhibition, ‘‘Luphila 2002’’ at the Head Post Office here. The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, inaugurated the exhibition here today.


Man murdered over land dispute
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 13
Iqbal Singh (32), alias Ghuggi, resident of Lohar Majra village, 4 km from here, was killed after being attacked with sharp-edged weapons by four persons in the fields. The body was sent to the deceased’s home, the cause behind the murder was land dispute. 


LG plans to strength brand shoppe experience
Ludhiana, April 13
‘The Indian consumer industry giant — LG Electronics — intends to strengthen the brand shoppe experience to various major cities in the country. The number of LG Shoppes, presently 40, was expected to cross 100 during the current year.’ 



Special children excel
Ludhiana, April 13
It was a day to remember for the mentally challenged students of Nirdosh School — an institution which the members of the Inner Wheel Club say is the project closest to their hearts.


Penaz MasaniPenaz sings for Rotarians
Ludhiana, April 13
Well-trained voice and excellent Urdu pronunciation sets Penaz Masani apart from other female ghazal singers. Penaz sang for the members of Rotary Midtown Club at their Baisakhi celebrations here last night.Penaz told this reporter that she loved warmth and exuberance of the Punjabis. “Whenever I am invited, I come to Punjab with great joy.
Penaz Masani performs at the Rotary Club Midtown in Ludhiana on Friday.

Husain show for PFA
Ludhiana, April 13
M.F. Husain has painted for the People for Animals. The first part of fund raiser was the Jagjit Singh’s concert on Thursday and the second an exhibition of Husain’s works yesterday at the Gulmor Hotel. Husain, one of first five trustees of the PAF, and the designer of its ‘bird in hand’ logo, has said in a message “India has a strong tradition of animal protection. Our art, our mythology and folklore is replete with animal references. As an Indian and an artist, I am happy to associate myself with the cause of animal welfare.”
Husain’s works on view at Hotel Gulmor in Ludhiana on Saturday. —A Tribune photograph
Husain’s works on view at Hotel Gulmor in Ludhiana on Saturday.


A saga of suffering
Ludhiana, April13
Giving first hand account of the recent carnage in Gujarat the team of city-based doctors from the Christian Medical College and Hospital which returned after volunteering services at the refugee camps at different places in the state earlier this week, said it was a virtual hell there.


J.S. Grewal wins golf tourney
Ludhiana, April 13
J.S. Grewal with best gross of 79 won the Phoolka Golf Cup Tournament played at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur, near here today. K.S. Ghiman finished runner-up. Mandeep Gill with 65 emerged best net, while R.S. Randhawa (66) came second.


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