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Demolition drive turns bloody, JE shot
2 hurt as illegal occupant opens fire
Ludhiana, August 14
A junior engineer, Nirmal Singh Bhullar, of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust was shot dead and two other persons were injured when the occupant of a building they had gone to demolish fired upon them from point blank range.

Major breach in Sirhind Canal
Timely action by volunteers saves the day
Villagers plug the 20 feet wide breach in the Sirhind CanalAhmedgarh, August 14
A major breach in the Bathinda branch of Sirhind Canal occurred near the Jagera bridge on the Ludhiana- Malerkotla road early this morning inundating several acres of farm land in the vicinity. According to residents of nearby villages, who had assembled for plugging the breach since 7 am, some farmers noticed that the level of water in their paddy fields was rising and had gone to investigate.

Villagers plug the 20 feet wide breach in the Sirhind Canal near Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. Photo D.B. Chopra


Councillors vie for development works
Ludhiana, August 14
In a virtual negation of the joint strategic move of the MC top brass to bring some semblance of order in city development which should have a firm foundation and based on actual availability of funds as well as genuine need of the people, there has been a virtual scramble among councillors to get estimates for all kinds of works prepared in a haste and get these approved by the Finance and Contracts Committee (F&CC).

Sanity amidst Partition mayhem
Ludhiana, August 14
While the country celebrates its 55th anniversary of Independence tomorrow, there are thousands of people who are still living with the memories of horror they were witness to. Yet some of them, like Ms Sudershana Prabha, who have some nice memories to cherish. “While it was madness all around at that time, there were still some saner elements who showed the light during that phase of darkness”, she recalls.


BJP protest rally on Aug 18
Ludhiana, August 14
Hectic preparations are on here for the proposed protest rally by the BJP on August 18 against “anti-people policies” of the Congress government. District president Harbans Lal Sethi has set up various committees to make arrangements and mobilise support for the rally, which will be headed by district and state-level office-bearers.

Triumph of human courage
Ludhiana, August 14
Fighting odds against his physical handicap and poverty, the 21-year-old Surjit Singh, first year student of Government College for Boys, faces innumerable problems with the dawn of every new day. His legs were paralysed at the age of one-and-a-half-year when he fell prey to the dreaded polio disease. Living near Samrala Chowk, every morning he goes in his tricycle to his college. However, Surjit Singh finds it difficult to move around in the traffic chaos on the city roads on his tricycle, a gift from Red Cross. 
Surjit Singh

The rod is an absolute must
hreats and beating by gurus, parents and teachers in a peculiar sense is an absolute part of human nature. Nobody comes out educated from mother’s womb. Children have to be taught and there are two ways — one by love and another by alarming fear and beating.
  • Greatest discrimination
  • Selected lecturers seek appointments
  • Reporting news
  • Strict ban on ACs’ use

Bankmen threaten to intensify stir
Ludhiana, August 14
In the second phase of the agitation, bank officials, led by activists of the All-India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) held a demonstration in front of the Zonal Office of Punjab National Bank here to protest against the vindictive and repressive policies of the bank managements.


Poppy husk worth 1.2 lakh seized
Jagraon, August 14
The Sidhwan Bet police during a naka near embankment of the Sutlej in the area of Abbupura arrested Jamlor Singh, alias Jamla of Talwara, Preeto of Salempur, Mohinder Kaur of Kul Gehna and Sukhminder Singh, alias Bhinder of Talwara and seized from their possession 12 bags of poppy husk valuing about Rs 1,20,000 and also impounded a Tata Sumo (HR-23A 7832) which they were driving.


Apparel park in city soon
Ludhiana, August 14
An apparel park is being set up at Ludhiana to give boost to the export of readymade garments and hosiery goods. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of representatives of the Federation of Knitwear, Textile and Allied Industries Associations held with Mr P.S. Aujla, Managing Director, Punjab State Industries Export Corporation (PSIEC). The total cost of the park will be Rs 75 crore.



Patriotic fervour marks I-Day celebrations in schools
Ludhiana, August 14
Almost all the schools of the city celebrate Independence Day on August14 as August 15 is a holiday. So whether it is a school for mentally and physically challenged, or a ‘play way’ school or a full-fledged senior secondary school, the day is marked with rendering of patriotic songs, dancing on songs depicting love for motherland , declamation contests and debates.
A SALUTE TO INDEPENDENCE: Students of Hollyhock Nursery School, Ludhiana, at a function organised to mark Independence Day in Ludhiana on Wednesday.— Photo Pardeep Tiwari.

Enthusiastic response to body painting contest
Ludhiana, August 14
A body painting contest was organised at Khalsa College for Women today. Different parts of body, including face, arms, hands, back and navel were painted by the contestants. There was plenty of excitement amongst as many as 200 participating students of both post graduate and graduate classes.

Patriotic hues: A student gets the colours of Tricolour painted on her face at a body painting competition held at Khalsa College in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Patriotic hues

PAU refresher course
Ludhiana, August 14
A refresher course on ‘technical advances in veterinary and animal husbandry practices for rural development was organised by the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, PAU for 30 field veterinarians from different departments of the state government and other organisations engaged in animal husbandry development.




Rally by DMCH staff
Ludhiana, August 14
The striking employees of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) continued with their protest march here today at Haibowal. Mr Chander Mohan Kalia, president of the DMCH Employees Union, in a press note issued here alleged that the management was not willing to find a solution to end the ongoing crisis at the institution, otherwise everything could have been sorted out by now.


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