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LDA releases nominees’ list, manifesto
Ludhiana, May 6
The Ludhiana Democratic Alliance (LDA), a conglomerate of various non-Congress and non-Akali-BJP political parties, today promised to provide free drinking water and sewerage to the people of the city. 

Cong finalises list of candidates
Ludhiana, May 6
The Congress has reportedly finalised its list of candidates to be fielded in the forthcoming elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The list was finalised after the Chairman of the selection committee, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, met the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, in New Delhi today.

IHRO flays Fernandes’ comments
Ludhiana, May 6
The women’s wing of the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has condemned the comments made by Union Defence Minister George Fernandes regarding the molestation and rape of women in Gujarat. The organisation has also constituted a five-member committee to investigate the sexual harassment cases in Punjab Technical University (PTU) and the Government Polytechnic for Women, Jalandhar.

FEEL OF A FOUNTAIN AND COOL BREEZE: People gather around a roundabout near the Guru Nanak Stadium to feel greener environment in Ludhiana. —Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Kidney donor cheated by friends
Pamian (Ludhiana), May 6
The alleged Pammian kidney removal case is proving to be more than a case of cheating a donor's family. It is infact an indicator of a kidney racket as was being suspected earlier.

Forum penalises cinema hall owners
Ludhiana, May 6
The District Consumer Disputes Forum has directed a local cinema hall, Preet Palace, Model Town Road to pay Rs 5,000 for deficiency in services to Ms Ravinder Kaur Dara, a resident of Model Town. The forum further directed to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the consumer.

Another crash victim dies
Ludhiana, May 6
After battling between life and death for three days, Mr Prem Singh died from severe burn injuries at the Christian Medical College, here today, taking the death toll in the MIG-21 air crash at Jalandhar to eight. Mr Prem Singh, branch manager of the bank, had suffered 85 per cent burn injuries.


Begging menace goes on unabated
Ludhiana, May 6
Begging menace goes on unabated in the city. Be some religious place or a market, trafficlight points, outside a cinema hall, office or even outside nursing homes and hospitals, beggars can be seen everywhere. “Majority of these beggars are drug addicts and they spend their daily ‘earnings’ on liquor and alcohol,” said Pandit Mahanand of Dandi Swami Tapowan.

Adolescents getting hooked on smack
Ludhiana, May 6
There is a sharp rise in the number of smack addicts in the city. Popularly known as brown sugar, the drug has spread its tentacles among adolescents and school kids. Investigations reveal that the smack suppliers in the city are operating from Jalandhar, Patiala, Ganganagar, Raikot and Ambala and because of lack of vigil the addicts have no problem in procuring the drug.

Green crusader from Germany
Stefan Lampe
Ludhiana, May 6
“India beckons me again and again. It is such a great place. The first time I was travelling through India, I noticed India did not have much forest cover though,” says Stefan Lampe from Germany. His first visit was in 1995, when he was just 21 years old. He has returned many times since then to Parvati Valley in the Himalayas, his favourite outdoors. He loves being in the hills of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pardesh.

His life is a mission
Ludhiana, May 6
Gyani Mohan Singh, a small petite man with a flowing beard, has been a crusader since his childhood days. His zest has not dimmed with age. Now, in his eighties, there is hardly any day when he is not on duty as a pharmacist at a laboratory run by the Amardas Sewa Society, Model Gram. 

CBI probe into violence sought
Ludhiana, May 6
The Akhil Bharatiya Jansangh has urged the Prime Minister to get the Gujarat violence probed by the CBI so that the people of the country come to know about the truth behind it.

PFA organises exhibition
Ludhiana, May 6
The local chapter of the People for Animals organised ‘Ahimsa’, an exhibition, at a function organised at Kitchlu Nagar, here today. In the exhibition pictures related to cruelty to animals were displayed apart from literature of the PFA.


Five assault cases reported
Ludhiana, May 6
The police has registered a number of cases regarding alleged incidents of beating here. The Haibowal police yesterday arrested Surinder, Dheeraj and his father, Ashok Kumar, under sections 323,379,283 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of a truck driver, Mr Parveen Kumar, who had alleged that the accused beat him up when he asked them to move aside a parked motor cycle, which hindered him from moving his vehicle into a street while on way from the Humbran road to Haibowal.

Driver dies under mysterious circumstances
Khanna, May 6
A local driver, Ram Sarup, 45, resident of Prem Nagar died under mysterious circumstances on Saturday night. A brother of the deceased has however, alleged that it was a case of murder.

Youths take away Rs 40,000 from man
Ludhiana, May 6
Three unidentified motor cycle-borne youths snatched Rs 40,000 from a commission agent in Dharampura Colony here today. The police immediately sounded a red alert in the city, but no breakthrough could be made. Checking of vehicles, especially two-wheelers, was being carried on in the city.


Experts warn against early paddy sowing
Ludhiana, May 6
In a message to the farmers of the state, eminent agricultural experts have warned them against early sowing of paddy. In a joint statement, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and former vice-chancellors Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, Dr S.S. Johl, Dr Sukhdev Singh, Dr Khem Singh Gill and Dr Amarjit Singh Khehra have expressed serious concern over the reports about the sowing of paddy by some farmers in the first week of April.

Experts’ advice for farmers
Ludhiana, May 6
PAU sugarcane experts have reminded farmers that the month of May is the appropriate time for controlling weeds in planted as well as ratooned sugarcane crop by giving hoeings. Due to prevailing hot weather conditions, sugarcane crop required frequent irrigation. Apply 65 kg urea per acre to ratooned crop.


GNCE professor honoured
Ludhiana, May 6
His dedication towards his work and commitment towards students has borne fruit for Dr S.P. Tayal, a Professor in Guru Nanak College of Engineering, who has brought laurels to the city.

PCCTU decision on affidavits
Ludhiana, May 6
Urging upon the teachers to cooperate with the government in eradicating the evil of private tuitions, the Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has decided to furnish joint undertakings on plain papers by the unit members of different colleges in place of affidavits as demanded by some colleges A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the executive committee of the PCCTU yesterday at SD College, Pathankot.

Books distributed among students
Ludhiana, May 6
For helping the needy school students, the Ludhiana Welfare Society (LWS) distributed free books among a large number of students in a function organised especially for them here today at Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Prem Nagar, Ghumar Mandi.



Curbs on use of Red Cross emblem
Ludhiana, May 6
The Indian Red Cross Society has banned the use of the Red Cross emblem by members of the medical fraternity and has restricted its use only to personnel of the Red Cross movement and the Army Medical Corps.

Charity show for thalassemic children
Ludhiana, May 6
To celebrate the International Thalassemia Day, a charity movie show was organised for the thalassemic children by the Department of Paediatrics of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital at Orient Cinema. 

700 examined at camps
Ahmedgarh, May 6
Free medical camps were organised by social organisations in the area on Sunday. Mr Anil Kumar, executive director, SIL, inaugurated the camp organised by the Rotary Club at Janta College. 

New Civil Surgeon takes over
Ludhiana, May 6
Dr J.S.Bhullar today took over charge as the district Civil Surgeon from Dr Rajinder Kaue, who has been transferred to the Director, Health Services, office, Chandigarh, as Deputy Director.


Hero Club, Rait Club enter final
Ludhiana, May 6
The Hero Club beat the Campus Club by two wickets to set up the title clash with the Rait Club, which defeated the NCC Club by four runs in the 9th Veera Devi Memorial Cricket Tournament being played at the GGN Khalsa College ground, here. The final will be played on May 12.


Inspectors transferred
Ludhiana, May 6
In a rare exercise, DIG Ludhiana Range Rohit Choudhry has transferred around 30 inspectors of the Punjab Police posted in the four police districts of Ludhiana, Jagraon, Khanna and Ropar falling under the range.


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