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SDE booked on graft charge
Ludhiana, June 5
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has registered a case against Parminder Singh Tiwana, an SDE, and Jaswinder Kaur under Sections 13 (1) (d) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Parminder Singh Tiwana had allegedly helped Jaswinder Kaur to take possession of Patiala Vakil Khana Chowk Saidan, a government property.

Sitting on a virtual volcano
Ludhiana, June 5
About 750 shopkeepers in the Akalgarh market near the Chaura Bazar area, are virtually sitting on a tinder box. If a fire were to break out in this four-storey building in the congested old city area, property worth lakhs of rupees would be reduced to ashes in just a few minutes.

PLAYING WITH FIRE PLAYING WITH FIRE: A view of an 18-year-old four-storey building in Akalgarh Market, Ludhiana, which has no equipment to fight a fire. Most of the shops here are full of inflammable material like readymade garments and plastic articles.



Congress councillors clamour for civic posts
Ludhiana, June 5
With the election of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, as the new City Mayor almost a certainty now, there is a virtual clamour among Congress councillors for other posts in the civic body, including those of Senior Deputy Mayor, Deputy Mayor and membership of Finance and Contracts Committee and other committees of the House on house tax, buildings and roads, and water and sewerage.

Ballot boxes being loaded in trucks for the ensuing elections
Ballot boxes being loaded in trucks for the ensuing elections to the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samitis scheduled to be held on June 9. — A Tribune photograph

MPs briefed on problems
Ludhiana, June 5
Representatives of Ludhiana industry have sought measures to arrest the decline in the exports. In a memorandum submitted to members of the parliamentary sub-committee on textile industry here yesterday, members of the Federation of Knitwear, Textile and Allied Industries Associations said there was stagnation in the exports for quite some time and urgent remedial measures were needed to be taken.

Employees decry proposal to  wind up PSIEC
Ludhiana, June 5
Employees of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation were up in arms against the proposal of the Disinvestment Commission to wind up the corporation and protest rallies were held at various PSIEC offices situated here and Mandi Gobindgarh.

DAV students shine in CBSE PMT results
Ludhiana, June 5
Seven of the 11 city students, who have qualified in the PMT conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education this year, are from DAV school here. On the top is Robin Girdhar (DAV Public School) who has secured the 17th rank. Supriya Gupta (Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School) has achieved the 76th position. 
DAV students shine in CBSE PMT results
From left to right: Robin Girdhar (17th rank), Supriya Gupta (76th), Jasmeet S. Dhingra (208th), Richa Singla (273rd), Ish Garg (395th), Ankita Garg (512th), Aastha Sagar (1010th), Sanchit Budhiraja (1140th), Supreet Khurana (1320th), Gajinder Pal Singh (1422nd) and Sameer Sony (1928th).



Spurt in cases of death due to poisoning
Ludhiana, June 5
A sharp increase in the number of poisoning cases has been reported in the district during the last year according to data collected from various city hospitals. Most hospital authorities, however, maintain that due to legal implications, a majority of the suicidal attempts are projected as accidental cases by families of the victims.

ON JOB BEFORE EDUCATION: Ranjit Singh, a farm hand at five, near Pakhowal in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

City gets its ‘Ek Din ka Raja’
Ludhiana, June 5
Out of the blue, a family in the city has got a chance to shop for Rs 10 lakh in a day in Mumbai. 

Support for anganwadi workers
Ludhiana, June 5
The district unit of the BJP has supported the demands of agitating anganwadi workers and has demanded that the Punjab Police should immediately vacate the premises of the Women and Child Development Department in Simla Puri.

Shopkeeper injured in attack
Ludhiana, June 5
Mr Deepak Sharma, a shopkeeper running a hardware business in the main market of Basti Jodhewal, was allegedly injured by a group of seven attackers wielding sharp-edged weapons here last evening.



Illicit liquor seized
Doraha, June 5
Twenty-one bottles of illicit liquor were seized by the Payal police in two separate cases on Tuesday. Mr Sukhjit Singh of the Maloud police chowki seized 12 bottles of illicit liquor from the custody of Surjit Singh Seeta of Ghaloti village.

Bid to rape woman, 1 held
Ludhiana, June 5
The Division No. 4 police station has registered a case of an attempt to rape under Section 354 of the IPC against Deen Bandhu, a resident of Chandigarh, and currently putting up at New Shimla Colony. The woman alleged that the accused tried to rape her. The accused has been arrested.



Sow disease-resistant varieties of okra
Ludhiana, June 5
Vegetable experts of PAU, here have advised farmers to start sowing okra lady’s-finger and use varieties Punjab-8, Punjab-7 resistant to yellow-vein mosaic virus. Apply 40 kg CAN, 100 kg superphosphate and 25 kg muriate of potash per acre. 


Plan to open 400 schools
Ludhiana, June 5
“The Art of Living Foundation has launched a mission of setting up hundreds of progressive education schools all over the country to be named Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandirs. These schools will set new standards in children’s education in the country”, said Amita Chopra, chairperson of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir. 

DYC seeks probe into PTU working
Ludhiana, June 5
In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the District Youth Congress (Urban) has sought vigilance probe into the working of PTU. Mr Parminder Mehta, president, said there had been mushroom growth of PTU colleges, most of which offer non-recognised professional and job-oriented courses.


Investment firm penalised
Ludhiana, June 5
In an ex-parte order, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed, Arihant Industries to pay Rs 12,000 to Mr Baldev Raj and his wife, Bimla Rani, residents of Urban Estate, Focal Point. The forum also directed the firm to pay interest on the said amount at the rate of 15 per cent per annum from April 1, 2001, till actual payment along with Rs 500 as cost of litigation to the consumers.



Hockey tourney begins
Doraha, June 5
The Punjab State Junior Inter-district Hockey Championship was inaugurated at Guru Nanak Stadium of Guru Nanak National College, here today. Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, ADGP (PAP), inaugurated the championship. Mr Hardeep Singh Dhillon, DIG (Litigation), was present among the others.Top

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