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Tension brews after couple’s elopement
Jodhan police detains two; villagers upset at questioning
(Nangal Khurd) Ludhiana, April 25
While the Punjab Police is adopting community policing in the state as part of its drive to add human approach to solving cases, the Jodhan police in the Jagraon police district continues to follow the age-old police technique of picking up and illegally detaining persons close to wanted persons in a case of in order to nab the alleged culprit.
Piara Singh and Mohan Singh along with other villagers of Nangal Khurd Piara Singh and Mohan Singh (centre) along with other villagers of Nangal Khurd at the village on Thursday.— A Tribune photograph

Macabre killing: child sodomised; two arrested
Ludhiana, April 25
The 8-year-old child, Sanju, found dead yesterday morning was sodomised before being done to death by four youths, two of whom were arrested today late evening.

Police arrests 20 for violence
Ludhiana, April 25
Mr Inderjit Singh, SHO, Vardhman police station, where a minor child, Sanju, was found murdered yesterday, was shifted to Police Lines this evening. He was accused of inaction at the time of protest in the area.

Hailstorm damages wheat crop
Gujjarwal (Ludhiana), April 25
Heavy downpour and hailstorm that lashed the region today afternoon damaged the standing and harvested wheat crop of the farmers. The condition was worse at grain markets in the area where water collected due to low plinth level. Farmers rued their ill-luck as several of them had lost their crop in fire.

A farmer tries to salvage grains damaged due to heavy rain and hailstorm at Pakhowal grain market on Thursday. —Photo Pradeep Tewari
A farmer tries to salvage grains damaged due to heavy rain and hailstorm

Confusing Clock Tower traffic diversions
Ludhiana, April 25
There is still confusion among auto-rickshaw drivers and commuters here on the Municipal Corporation ban on the plying of autorickshaws on Damoria Bridge and the Chand Cinema GT Road to reach Clock Tower.


Prospects of contestants affected
Ludhiana, April 25
With uncertainty over the rotation of wards, reserved for women, in the municipal elections, scheduled to be held next month, coming to an end and the state government deciding in favour of the statutory provision, poll prospects of several key contestants in the city have been adversely affected.

DCC instructions for ticket-hopefuls
Ludhiana, April 25
The District Youth Congress (DYC) and district unit of the Punjab Congress Committee (DCC) have directed the aspirants who want to contest the forthcoming municipal corporation (MC) to submit their application forms again. In meeting of DCC and DYC held here today, it was decided to change certain conditions for applying for the tickets.

Eco-friendly kids show the way
Ludhiana, April 25
Sonu, aged 15 years, used to get disgusted every time he saw a dump of rubbish in Power Colony where he resides. During the break after his examination, he mobilised other children aged between 5 and 15 years to clean up the dump. Everyone agreed enthusiastically and the cleansing work started. 

Children get tips on landscaping at a nursery in Ludhiana. —A Tribune photograph
Children get tips on landscaping at a nursery

Excelling as a portraitist
aster painters made classical portraits. Writers transformed human faces through sketches as pen portraits. Photography took over and with modern facility the art went further. As a young writer, Charles Dickens wrote captivating accounts and dramatic stories of certain characters. 

Conserve water, appeals Kalsia
Ludhiana, April 25
The Municipal Corporation is planning to improve the water supply in the city. Besides boosting the supply to certain localities, facing scarcity of water, focus will remain on steps for water conservation.


Youth abducted, beaten up
Ludhiana, April 25
A youth, who was abducted from outside the railway station on Tuesday night and beaten up by abductors and thrown near Kheri Jhameri village, has been admitted to the Civil Hospital in a critical condition. According to information, Pardeep Singh (18), a resident of Akash Nagar, who works as a booking agent for a private transport company, was on duty when three boys travelling in a car came to him.


Minister reviews wheat procurement
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 25
“There has been a record procurement of wheat (60 lakh tonnes) this year in the state, compared to 14 lakh tonnes procured in 2001,” Dr Harbans Lal, Minister of State for Forests, Food and Civil Supplies, said here on Wednesday after inspecting the ‘mandis’ of Fatehgarh Sahib, Ludhiana and Patiala districts.


PAU to explore private investment
Ludhiana, April 25
The Punjab Government’s announcement to ban new recruitments and to offer voluntary retirement scheme ( VRS) to the surplus staff in all government and public sector departments has surprised many at Punjab Agricultural University ( PAU) here.

Declare results: homoeopathy students
Ludhiana, April 25
After a wait of over three months, students of homoeopathic colleges affiliated with the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences are still in jeopardy due to what is being termed by them as ‘revengeful attitude’ of the authorities concerned.

Painting exhibition
Ludhiana, April 25
The commercial arts students from Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, would organise an exhibition of paintings, slogans, letter-heads, posters and cartoon sketches at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women on April 29.


12-yr jail term for woman
Ludhiana, April 25
Baljinder Kaur, a resident of Bambhaura village, Sangrur, has been sentenced to 12-year rigorous imprisonment under the NDPS Act. Ten kilogram opium had been recovered from her possession.


It takes four to tango
Ludhiana, April 25
“The play ‘Dance Like A Man’ explores relationships with rare insight and humour and its theme is based on dance and its politics. It is about power struggle rooted in Indian ambience — what attracted me to Mahesh Dattani’s original play in English,” said Lillete Dubey, director of the play, at a press conference here today. 
The cast of the play ‘Dance Like A Man’ — Vijay Crishna, Lillete Dubey, Suchitra Pillai and Joy Sengupta — at a press conference in Ludhiana on Wednesday.


Skin bears the brunt of heat
Ludhiana, April 25
There has been a sudden spurt of skin infections in the city due to change in weather in recent days. Patients with various skin ailments are pouring in at various city hospitals and private clinics. Experts in the city feel that if certain precautions are taken, the skin problems can be easily avoided.

Aspects of pain discussed
Ludhiana, April 25
The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, conducted a symposium on ‘Pain Management’ yesterday, which was attended by experts in alternate therapies and guest speakers from PAU, DMC and CMC. 



DC suspends licences of 4 arhtiyas
Ludhiana, April 25
Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, today visited a number of mandis in the district to inspect the arrangements of wheat procurement. He ordered the suspension of licences of three arhtiyas, who were reportedly found filling uncleaned wheat in bags, and indulging in other malpractices.


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