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Political rivalry behind attack on railway official
Ludhiana, April 20
Political rivalry among different unionists in the Railway department is emerging as the strongest reason behind last night's attack on a Chief Inspector (Ticket). The official, Mr Bipin Chand Sharma, was shot at and seriously injured by two unidentified assailants outside a railway colony near the engine shed late last night.

Search for clue: Policemen search for used cartridges or pellets outside an engine-shed of the Railway Colony on Friday, minutes after Railway official B.C. Sharma was shot at and seriously injured by two unidentified assailants.  — A Tribune photograph

Communication gap between admn, people
Ludhiana, April 20
There seems to be a lot of communication gap between some senior officers in the district administration and local people, primarily on account of the language.


Hurry, before taps go dry. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Farmers upset over Fire Brigade demand
Ludhiana, April 20
While there has been a spurt in fire incidents in wheat fields due to which crops worth lakhs of rupees have been gutted, farmers are deeply upset at a demand of advance payment’ by the Fire Brigade office before dispatching the fire fighting engines to their rescue.

Fire destroys 38 acres of wheat crop
Sahnewal, April 20
Standing wheat crop in 32 acre was destroyed in a fire at Ghaloti village, yesterday. The field owners, Master Harjit Singh, Jagwant Singh, Darshan Singh and Jagga Singh of Ghaloti village have demanded compensation for the loss of the crop.

Playwin retailers in fix over HC orders, stop operations
Ludhiana, April 20
The Association of the Retailers of Playwin Online Lotteries has decided to suspend its operations in deference to the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The association held a meeting today and expressed its helplessness saying it did not have any specific and clear guidelines whether they could operate the lotteries or not.


SHSAD forms panel to select candidates
Ludhiana, April 20
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra set up a six-member committee here today to select its candidates and explore alliance possibilities.

On the first day of the new traffic management plan of the MC, total chaos prevailed on the roads around Mata Rani Chowk and Clock Tower as the city traffic cops had a tough time diverting vehicles towards alternative routes in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Maintenance of parks: MC  staff panel urges probe
Ludhiana, April 20
Indiscriminate allotment of public parks in the city to various Park Management Committees (PMCs) by the Municipal Corporation administration has assumed scandalous proportions with allegations of gross financial irregularities being levelled against the officials of horticulture wing.

Rush for tickets for MC poll
Ludhiana, April 20
There seems to be a great rush for tickets for the forthcoming elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.

Animals a nuisance on city roads

ANIMALS moving freely on the city roads have become a traffic hazard, besides causing nuisance for the public. Cows, donkeys, dogs, pigs, you name it and you will find them roaming all around the city. The animals move from one place to another in search of food for their survival. This in turn hampers not only the movement of the passersby but also the pedestrians. People are afraid to get hurt by these animals.

Denial of amenities irks residents
Ludhiana, April 20
Irked over the Municipal Corporation's lack of action over persistent lack of basic civic amenities, the residents of Dugri Urban Estate locality here came out in the streets and held a demonstration outside Phase I water reservoir recently.

Constraints of cinema owners add to problems of cinegoers
inema is the cheapest means of entertainment for the working class, specially for the slum dwellers and labourers. For those three hours that they spend in a theatre, they can suspend their beliefs, forget the worries, and grim realities of life.

Earning their living in  their own way
haura Bazaar, a famous market of the city is providing livelihood to many people in its own way. As you enter the market you find there are people running to you saying “yeh le lijiye, mahange nahi hai”. They are people earning their livehood by selling small things like cotton buds, gas lighters, purses, pesticides to kill rats and many more such small things that does not cost you more than Rs 20.

Ghalib gives 2 lakh grant for development
Ludhiana, April 20
A senior Congress leader and Member of Lok Sabha, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, yesterday presented a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to Mr Girdhari Lal, Sarpanch of Harkishan Vihar, Rahon Road, for development works of the village.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib presents a cheque for Rs 2 lakh to the Sarpanch of Harkrishan Vihar for development works, in Ludhiana on Friday.
Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib presents a cheque for Rs 2 lakh to the Sarpanch of Harkrishan Vihar

He created stars but now cannot move
Ludhiana, April 20
Jugal Kishor Chawla has created history in the world of sports by training more than 100 state and national-level players. Call it the irony of fate, he is unable to move today as both his kidneys have stopped functioning. He is not in a position to go for the transplant on his own due to financial constraints.

Ram Navami shobha yatra
Ludhiana, April 20
Shri Sanatan Dharam Mahotsav Committee took out its 51st shobha yatra on the eve of Ram Navami here last evening. The yatra, which started from the Daresi Grounds in the afternoon, was led by Mahamandleshwar Swami Ved Bharti, Swami Nigam Bodh and Pandit Bhimsen, passed through Partap Bazaar, Girjaghar Chowk, Chaura Bazaar, Chowk Vaishno Devi, Chowk Division Number three, Khwaja Kothi and Sanglan Wala Shivala, before culminating at the Haridev Temple.

Kartar Singh Sarabha remembered
Ludhiana, April 20
The Dhan-Pothohar Brotherhood, Punjab, organised a function at a local hotel here which was dedicated to the memory of Kartar Singh Sarabha. On this occasion, the sacrifices made by all martyrs of Punjab, particularly at Jallianwala Bagh were recollected and tributes were paid to all freedom fighters, who went to jail, suffered losses and death of dear ones at the time of Partition.


Labourers given drug-laced tea, robbed
Ludhiana, April 20
Two migrant labourers from Bihar who arrived at the local railway station on Thursday night from Moga to catch a train for Begusarai were allegedly given drug-laced tea by a gang of four robbers and robbed of Rs 12,000.


‘Govt non-committal on capital subsidy’
Ludhiana, April 20
There is no chance of immediate release of capital subsidy worth Rs 500 crore pending towards hundreds of small-scale units in the state since June 1996. It seems that the state government is looking for a way out to wriggle out of the catch-22 situation, as neither can it pay the subsidy amount due to financial crunch nor can it take the risk to face the wrath of the industry, with whom it had made a promise to make the payments at the earliest after coming to power.

Cool Lakhnavi suits for hot summers
Ludhiana, April 20
An exhibition of exclusive Lakhnavi chikan suits is being organised at a local hotel here. Suits in cool colours like pink, blue, lemon with Laknavi embroidery are on display.

Industrialists list grievances
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 20
The industry of Mandi Gobindgarh has been facing many problems during the Akali -BJP rule in the state due to which many units in the town have closed down, said Dr Harbans Lal, State Minister of Forests, Food and Supply, at a meeting held here on Friday with industrialists. The function was presided over by Mr Sadhu Singh, MLA, Amloh.



ICAR team goes back satisfied
Ludhiana, April 20
The three-day visit of the ICAR accreditation team for studying the working of Punjab Agricultural University concluded here yesterday with its meeting with Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, Deans, Directors and university officials.

PAU gets more funds
Ludhiana, April 20
The Punjab Government has agreed to raise its contribution of funds to Rs 97 crore from Rs 81 crores for the year 2002-2003 to Punjab Agricultural University to help it to overcome the financial crisis.

Activity room inaugurated at KVM 
Ludhiana, April 20
An activity room was inaugurated for the tiny tots of Kundan Vidya Mandir, city branch, here today. The students themselves inaugurated the room when it was made open to them this morning. The toy room has a variety of blocks, black boards, slides, swings, colours and soft toys to play with. A doll house with a variety of dolls has also been placed. 

Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, city branch, Ludhiana, at the inauguration of toy room at the school on Saturday.— A Tribune photograph
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir


Forum penalises BSNL
Ludhiana, April 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay Rs 2,000 as compensation for raising a demand of Rs 5,874 from Mr Bishan Dass, a resident of Nanak Nagar, New Sabzi Mandi.



Stubble burning smokes lungs
Ludhiana, April 20
People of the city have already started developing symptoms of breathlessness, asthma and the other respiratory ailments due to continuous burning of wheat stubble by farmers, even though scientists have told farmers not to do so. Doctors said sudden temperature variation also caused such ailments.


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