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Gang-rape victim fails to identify 3 accused
AISSF(Bhoma) sets up 5-member probe panel
Ludhiana, June 3
The three accused in the gang rape case in a gurdwara, who were arrested by the police two days ago, were released here today as the victim failed to identify them in the identification parade.

Woman poisoned to death
Ludhiana, June 3
Four-month pregnant Meena Kumari (26), a resident of Ghumana village under the Koomkalan police station, was allegedly poisoned to death by her in-laws yesterday.
The wailing mother of Meena Kumari (inset), who was poisoned to death allegedly by her in-laws, with her nine-month-old baby at their residence in Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari


Murder mystery solved
Ludhiana, June 3
In a major breakthrough, the local police has solved a gruesome blind murder committed more than one-and-a-half year ago with the arrest of four accused here today. Two other accused involved in the murder are presently in jail in another case.

DHO’s medical reports examined
Vigilance sleuths raid Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, June 3
In the wake of reports that the District Health Officer (DHO), Dr Birenderpal Singh, who was arrested on corruption charges on Saturday, has been admitted to the Civil Hospital, the Vigilance Bureau today conducted a raid on the hospital to check his medical history and records.

Vigilance sleuths examine medical reports of the District Health Officer, Dr Birenderpal Singh, at the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Vigilance sleuths examine medical reports of the District Health Officer

Part of Circuit House to be  auctioned
Ludhiana, June 3
The Land Acquisition Tribunal- here has ordered the auction of a part of the Circuit House situated on the Ferozepore-Ludhiana road, to recover Rs 69,23,014. The tribunal has passed the order in the execution applications filed by various persons of Mundian Kalan village, whose land was acquired by the Industry Department in 1994.


Cong-Akali showdown: scene shifts to rural areas
Ludhiana, June 3
With the Zila Parishad elections scheduled for June 9, the scene of political action has shifted from urban to rural areas. After making a clean sweep of the four Municipal Corporations in the state, the Congress is headed for a crucial battle against the Akalis, its traditional rivals and that too, in their traditional strong hold comprising the rural electorate.

Revision of electoral roll creates a stink
Ludhiana, June 3
Omission of a number of houses or some localities altogether, shifting of complete blocks of streets and mohallas from one ward to another and dislocation of group of voters from one booth to another in the same ward are some of the irregularities committed by the enumeration staff and officials entrusted with the task of revision of electoral rolls for the recently held civic elections in the city.

Stitching together football dreams
Ludhiana, June 3
As the world watches the first FIFA-World Cup Soccer match, thousands of small children involved in the stitching of soccer balls remain oblivious of the big event, spending countless days trying to earn a square meal at the cost of their health and education.


Bid to murder woman
Ludhiana, June 3
A couple, paranoid over the possible exposure of their relationship, allegedly tried to murder a woman, who witnessed them in a ‘compromising position’ on Saturday night.


‘New power tariff to stifle small-scale industries’
Ludhiana, June 3
The revised power tariff , between 26 to 47 per cent for various categories of consumers, proposed by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) will not only burden the common man, but also sound the death knell of the small-scale industries in the state. 

Industry decries proposal to jack up power tariff
Ludhiana, June 3
Several industrial associations in the city have strongly reacted to the proposal by the Punjab Electricity Regulatory Commission to effect yet another increase in the power tariff for all categories of consumers.



20 posts of Principal vacant
Ludhiana, June 3
As many as 20 government colleges in the state are functioning without Principals. The departmental promotion committee (DPC), which was to meet on May 31, has been postponed. 

Youth parliament session at PAU
Ludhiana, June 3
A team of 45 graduate and postgraduate students from Punjab Agricultural University participated in the national-level Youth Parliament contest held in the Pal Auditorium here today. During the session, Gursimranpal Singh acted as the Prime Minister, Jyotsana Atri as the speaker and Harmandeep posed as the leader of the opposition party.

Students take part in a youth parliament session held at the PAU, Ludhiana, on Monday. — A Tribune photo
Students take part in a youth parliament session

Workshops at BVM school
Ludhiana, June 3
As many as 220 students, including 164 boys and 56 girls, have been taking part in the fourth annual sports camp and different workshops being organised at the Bhartiya Vidya Mandir, Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana.


‘Films on Bhagat Singh deviate from truth’
Ludhiana, June 3
While patriotic fervour in Bollywood has motivated five film- makers to capture the life, times and supreme sacrifice of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh on celluloid, the effort has not gone down well with the kith and kin of the martyr who allege that the films deviate from the truth in the guise of poetic licence. 

Ludhiana girl storms the world of fashion
Ludhiana, June 3
A daughter of India, Ritu Beri, hailing from Ludhiana, stands atop the pinnacle of the fashion world today in Paris, the capital of the fashion world. We can compare her achievement to another daughter of Punjab. 



Team championship for KVM
Ludhiana, June 3
KVM School, Ludhiana, garnered 66 points, while A S Swimming Club, Khanna, accumulated 117 points to bag team championship in the junior girls and boys categories, respectively, in the District Sub-junior and Junior Swimming Championship, which concluded at the Municipal Corporation pool here on Sunday.

  • Rana Club victorious


Commissioner promises prompt action
Ludhiana, June 3
With the change of guard, the work culture is also changing at the Municipal Corporation here. Although the new MC Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, has been in office for less than a week, the prevailing practice of employees and officials making their entry into the office without any consideration of timing, seems to have become a thing of the past.


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