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Armed robbers loot cash, valuables
Ludhiana, June 6
At least three armed robbers struck at a house in New Agar Nagar early this morning, injured an old woman seriously and decamped with cash and valuables worth thousands of rupees.
Paramjit Kaur shows the ransacked house and broken locks of an almirah
Paramjit Kaur shows the ransacked house and broken locks of an almirah at H. No. 275, New Agar Nagar, where a robbery took place early on Thursday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Cong men protest fuel price hike
Ludhiana, June 6
The Youth Congress activists today used a novel way of protesting against the hike in prices of petrol and diesel in the city. The party workers, led by Mr Parminder Mehta, President, District Youth Congress (Urban), took out a procession with a horse pulling a petrol-driven car from Ghumar Mandi to Aarti cinema chowk to symbolically focus on the problems that the common people would suffer due to the hike in the fuel prices. 


New arrivals at Tiger Safari
Ludhiana, June 6
The local Tiger Safari on Jalandhar Road here has new arrivals. These are two chicks of emu, the second-largest bird after ostrich. The emu grows as tall as five feet. The pair of emu chicks arrived here yesterday evening from Mahendra Chaudhry Zoological Park at Chatt Bir, Chandigarh, where they were brought from Pune on May 28. A special enclosure, comprising four houses and a crawler, has been constructed to accommodate these birds.

A pair of emu chicks brought to the Tiger Safari in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Tribune photograph

A pair of emu chicks brought to the Tiger Safari

ASI arrested on graft charge
Ludhiana, June 6
Close on the heels of the arrest of a Punjab Police Sub-Inspector, the district police today claimed to have arrested an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), posted with the SalemTabri police, under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly taking a bribe from a city resident.


Accident victim awaits justice
Ludhiana, June 6
The district police remains clueless on a three-week-old accident case in which a migrant labourer from Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh was seriously hurt and both his legs were fractured. Despite having the registration number of the vehicle involved in the accident, the police has not been able to make any arrest so far.
Wrecked physically and emotionally, Misri Lal awaits help outside the local Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Wrecked physically and emotionally

Girl dies due to ‘lack’ of medical care
Ahmedgarh, June 6
The local Civil Hospital, which has to cater medical requirements of about one lakh persons from the town and nearby villages, has no burn unit. Its ambulance is also not available on demand. The lapse led to the death of a girl who received burn injuries on Tuesday.

Lectures, rallies mark Environment Day
Ludhiana, June 6
A function to make the residents aware of degradation of environment was organised by the Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha in coordination with the Punjab Pollution Control Board, the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, the Bahadarke Dyeing Association, the Parayavaran Vahini and the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, to celebrate World Environment Day at the Rose Garden, here yesterday.

Strike call supported
Ludhiana, June 6
The Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Ludhiana, has extended full support to the call for a two-day nationwide strike on June 12 and 13 by the Vijaya Bank Workers Organisation in protest against the arbitrary, anti-employee and unilateral transfer policy for clerks, federation secretary Naresh Gaur said.

Mahila mandal committee
Ludhiana, June 6
Mr Balraj Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party, South Mandal and Ms Asha Sharma, President of Mahila Morcha in agreement with Mr Harbans Lal Sethi, have nominated a nine-member committee of the Mahila Mandal, whole members are: President: Ms Asha Sharma; vice-presidents: Ms Vinod Bhanot, Ms Sudesh Sharma, Ms Reenu Garg and Ms Kanta Rani; general secretary: Ms Praveen Sharma; secretaries: Ms Sudesh Gosain, Ms Manjeet Kaur, Ms Harvinder Kaur Brar, Ms Mohini Beri and Ms Anuradha Sharma; finance secretary: Ms Surjit Kaur.


Man drugged, robbed by rickshaw-puller
Ludhiana, June 6
Mr Raj Kumar, an employee of Bharti Teletech Limited, returning from Himachal Pradesh and going to Humbran, was drugged and robbed of his money by a rickshaw-puller and his crony soon after he hired the rickshaw from the local bus stand on Tuesday evening, according to a delayed information.

18-year-old girl commits suicide
Ludhiana, June 6
Tension prevailed in New Kundan Puri late evening here when an 18-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide due to unknown reasons. The girl allegedly set herself on fire in her house in Street No 9 in the colony.


Taxation Bar resents new provisions
Ludhiana, June 6
There is widespread resentment among trade and industry circles over the new provisions of income tax, which provided that repayment of loan or deposit beyond the amount of Rs 20,000 in cash will attract heavy penalty equal to the amount so repaid from June 1, 2002.


Farmers attend training course
Ludhiana, June 6
A 10-day training course for dairy farmers, organised by the Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, concluded here today.


Medical students’ fate hangs in balance
Ludhiana, June 6
The fate of nearly 40 students of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Sarabha, hangs in balance due to non-declaration of results of examinations, which were conducted about one-and-a-half year ago.

Higher outlay for non-govt colleges sought
Ludhiana, June 6
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers’ Union (PCCTU) has sought a higher allocation for non-government colleges of Punjab in the ensuing Budget.

Sudha gets best poetess award
Ludhiana, June 6
The Young Writers’ Association of Punjab Agricultural University organised a poetry recitation contest here last evening.
During the contest, two students from each of the five colleges participated.


Emphatic victory for Greenland School
Ludhiana, June 6
Greenland Senior Secondary School began their campaign on a rousing note as they demolished Kundan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines by five wickets in the inaugural match of the Sixth Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament for boys u-15 being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for Boys grounds here today.


Police vacates CDPO office
Ludhiana, June 6
On the directions of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Shimla Puri police has finally vacated the illegally occupied godown building of the Child and Development Office situated near the Gill Road canal bridge.


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