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Tension over flesh trade ‘racket’
Ludhiana, August 2
The alleged sensational incident of forcibly cutting the hair of a woman in Shimla Puri yesterday evening took a complete reverse turn today with the residents of Sahibzada Fateh Singh Nagar, Shimla Puri, organising a dharna in the area here today to protest against an alleged flesh trade racket being run by her in their area.
Residents of Sahibzada Fateh Singh Nagar Residents of Sahibzada Fateh Singh Nagar, Shimla Puri, organise a dharna in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

MC mute witness to bylaw violations
Ludhiana, August 2
The claims of the civic administration with regard to effective enforcement of building bylaws and dealing with violations with an iron hand notwithstanding, an unauthorised boundary wall, raised between house number 451-B and 456-B in a posh locality of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in the city, defiantly stands and all attempts by the affected owner of the house no 456-B, Dr Gurkirpal Singh, to move the MC officials have been stonewalled for the last more than one year, thanks to certain political intervention and apathetic bureaucracy.


SSF rejects probe panel
Ludhiana, August 2
The Sikh Students Federation has rejected the committee constituted by the government to look into the incidents that took place in Malout on July 31 resulting in injuries to several activists who were protesting against the activities of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Kender.

A father’s tale of woes
Dera chief accused of concealing facts
Ahmedgarh, August 2
While the CBI is in the process of investigating into the Dera Dhakki Sahib issue, the controversial case took a new turn when Mr Gurdev Singh, a Dalit panchayat member of Bhai Desa under the Joga police station, accused the head of Dhakki Sahib dera of allegedly concealing facts about his son, who disappeared around three years back from the dera. 

Gurdev Singh, who is trying to trace his missing son Gulab Singh (inset). — A Tribune photograph
Gurdev Singh, who is trying to trace his missing son

Holiday in pvt schools following police checks
Ludhiana, August 2
Following yesterday’s checks made by police officials in some private schools of the city that remained open despite the orders of the Punjab Government, a couple of such schools declared off tomorrow.


Dubey took bribe: Garcha
Ludhiana, August 2
Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, a senior Akali leader and former Minister, today accused Ms Romilla Dubey, Principal Secretary Technical Education, and acting Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, of playing into the hands of vested interests and some multinational companies to order the cancellation of the distance education programme of the university.

Police lathi-charge protesting mob
Ludhiana, August 2
A minor confrontation between some youths over the right to stroll in a park in Partap Nagar area late last night took an ugly turn when first two groups of youths clashed using rods and sharp-edged weapons and even fired gunshots in the air and then the Basant Park police had to lathi charge hundreds of protesting residents who supported one group and had gheraoed the police post.

Colonisers seek simpler licensing process
Ludhiana, August 2
Contrary to the claims of the Housing Minister of the state, Mr Raghunath Sahay Puri, that the process of providing licences to the private colonisers would be made easier and less time consuming, the colonisers in the state have not been issued the licences for the past one year.

‘Police stations should have PROs’
Ludhiana, August 2
The Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Police Academy has recommended the state DGP and the government to appoint a public relations officer in each police station of the state in order to improve the police-public and police-media relations.

Rotary Club honours Johl
Ludhiana, August 2
The Rotary Club of Ludhiana (north) yesterday honoured noted agriculture scientist and Agriculture Adviser to the Punjab Government, Dr S.S. Johl, who was recently accorded Cabinet status by the government. Speakers at the function lauded the outstanding contribution of Dr Johl to the field of agriculture.

Hanspal’s appointment hailed
Ludhiana, August 2
The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, has hailed the appointment of Mr H.S. Hanspal as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC). In a statement here today, Mr Gill said the high command had duly taken note of the sentiments of the party workers of the state and appointed the best person as the PCC chief.

‘Maha satsang’ on Sept 8
Ludhiana, August 2
“Sri Sri Ravishankar, the founder of Art of Living Foundation, will arrive in Ludhiana on September 6 and hold a “maha satsang” on September 8 in which thousands of disciples from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan are expected to take part”, said Mr Sudhir Mahajan, organiser of the foundation, Ludhiana chapter, at a press conference at Lodhi Club this morning.

Martyrdom Day of Tejpal  tomorrow
Ludhiana, August 2
The Sathi Memorial and Charitable Trust is organising a function on August 4 at 9am to pay homage to the martyr Shaheed Tejpal at the local Arya Samaj, Maharishi Dayanand Bazaar.

Trivaini Scheme launched
Doraha, August 2
The Forest Minister, Punjab, Mr Harbans Lal, today launched the Trivaini Scheme under vanmahotsava at Dhakki Sahib in Payal. Planting three types of trees — margosa, pipal and banyan — at one place the minister said trees would be planted in all towns and villages and big cities in order to make the surroundings green.


5 arrested in assault case
Amloh, August 2
Out of 17 persons booked under Sections 353, 186, 427 and 149, IPC, Mohinder Singh, Darshan Singh, Karma, Joginder Lal (Welder) and Bharpur Singh, residents of Amloh were arrested and later released on bail.


Small units in danger of closure: federation
Ludhiana, August 2
Nearly 50 per cent of the tiny and small-scale industries in the state have either closed down or are on the verge of closure, according to the Mr Joginder Kumar, president, Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India. Post WTO, the scenario has worsened forcing the federation to take up the plight of the small industries with the Union Government.

Traders flay govt move on octroi collection
Ahmedgarh, August 2
There has been a mixed response to the proposed re-introduction of the contractor system as far as collection of octroi revenue in the town is concerned. While people in general have welcomed the move, the traders are critical of the scheme.



PSEB demand against dead meter quashed
Ludhiana, August 2
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed the demand of Rs 32,256 raised by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) against a local atta chakki owner on account of power meter remaining dead for almost two-and-a-half year from August 1994 to March 1997.



MC sanitation drive continues
Ludhiana, August 2
Led by the area councillor of ward No. 60, Mr Rajesh Jain, residents of several localities participated in the ongoing sanitation drive of the Municipal Corporation at a function here today. Mr Surinder Dawar, Congress legislator, was the chief guest and the MC Assistant Commissioner, Mr O.A.K. Sondhi, inaugurated the campaign.


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