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Toll tax evaders can’t evade villagers’ net 
Ludhiana, September 2
After trying in vain to stop commuters from passing through Rajgarh village and thereby avoiding toll tax payment near Doraha, villagers have now started collecting Rs 10 for each passing vehicle on the plea of getting the damaged road repaired.

Farmers want drought relief, free power
Ludhiana, September 2
A heavy downpour here today failed to deter activists of five farmers’ organisations who had gathered in Chattar Singh Park here to demand that agriculture power surcharge be deferred and the state be declared drought-hit, so that, farmers could be adequately compensated. 
Activists of various outfits of the Left parties at a rally to oppose government’s policies women activists of the parties brave the downpour
Activists of various outfits of the Left parties at a rally to oppose government’s policies; and (right) women activists of the parties brave the downpour, but remain unmoved, at the rally in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photos Inderjit Verma


Gastroenteritis cases: ‘MC not at fault’
Ludhiana, September 2
Reacting to the assertions of the district health authorities that breakout of gastroenteritis in the Upkar Nagar locality in the city was due to contaminated water, the Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, today maintained that the MC was not at fault and there was no contamination of water in the affected areas.

Woman’s lone battle for justice
Wrong medication killed her husband
Ludhiana, September 2
Bimla Rani lost her husband due to “wrong medication” when she was barely in her thirties. Ever since, she has been running from pillar to post to bring culprits to justice, without any success.

SSP orders probe against cops
Ludhiana, September 2
Mr A.S. Rai, Senior Superintendent of Police at Sangrur, has ordered an inquiry into the allegation that a drunk police patrol party had barged into a house near Vishwakarma Temple of Ahmedgarh at 1.30 am on August 29. The owner of the house had lodged a complaint with the SSP at Sangrur yesterday.

Farm varsity’s Kisan Mela from September 4
Ludhiana, September 2
The series of kisan melas to be organised by the Punjab Agricultural University during September, 2002, will start with a kisan mela to be held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Rauni (Patiala district) on September 4, 2002. Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, will be the chief guest and it will be presided over by Mr Tejvir Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala.


Encroachment on MC land: trader blames BJP leader
Ludhiana, September 2
While the decision on the issue of demolition of 12 shops, allegedly constructed on Municipal land in Talab Bazar Market, following dismissal of the civil suit of the shopkeepers concerned, is still pending with the civic body for execution, a shopkeeper has charged a former BJP councillor, Mr Sunil Mehra, with trying to create communal tension and disharmony between different communities on the basis of encroachments by different religious institutions in the city.

Operators hold cable subscribers to ransom
Ludhiana, September 2
Cable operators in the city are holding subscribers to ransom by demanding exorbitant and arbitrary subscription fee. Surprisingly, even the district administration is mum on the issue, letting the cable operators rule the roost.

Art of Living course benefits people
Ludhiana, September 2
“The Art of Living course has given new confidence to me. Earlier I used to get very nervous thinking of my studies, but after the completion of the course, I am cool,” said Nisha, a student who just completed the 10 day course of Art of Living at Government College for Women. 

Meeting on World Peace Day
Ludhiana, September 2
A meeting in connection with World Peace Day was held by Art Theatre at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday. The meeting was organised to remember those innocent people who lost their lives in World War II that started on September 1, 1939. 

Protest against ‘torture’ of lineman
Khanna, September 2
A protest rally was organised in front of the office of the SSP Khanna by the Sangharsh Committee, Khanna, in protest against the alleged torture of an employee of the Punjab State Electricity Board Khanna here on Monday.

Aashioq-e-Khwaja to celebrate Urs in city
Ludhiana, September 2
A group of devotees from the city have formed a society, ‘aashioq-e-khwaja’, with an objective of providing shelter to the needy. For this purpose, the society has bought one acre land at Bool village, in this district, where an orphanage-cum-old-age home is being constructed.



UCO Bank profit takes a quantum jump
Ludhiana, September 2
UCO Bank has earned an operating profit of Rs 140 crore for the quarter ended June, 2002, which is 113 per cent more than what was recorded during the same period last year. The operating profit for the first quarter in the previous year was Rs 66 crore. The net profit recorded for the first quarter of 2002-03 is Rs 73 crore.



One teacher, 100 students, while in another school, it’s 7 for 36
Ludhiana, September 2
Hundred odd students of primary classes of Government Primary and Middle School, Khud Mohalla, here were let off half an hour early today morning as the one and the only teacher teaching the five classes had to attend a farewell party of her colleague. Sounds strange but true! This single teacher has been teaching the 100 students for the past many years. The District Education Department which seems to have been sleeping, has not bothered to provide more teachers to the school.
A fallen fan shows the condition. — Photo Inderjit Verma
A fallen fan shows the condition

Lovely Lotus kids celebrate Teachers’ Day
Ludhiana, September 2
Children of Lovely Lotus celebrated Teachers’ Day (which falls on September 5) and came Nursery Play School dressed up as different flowers, fruits, vegetables and birds to greet their teachers. Instead of the children bringing customary flowers for the teachers, children showed true devotional spirit by taking the form of different flowers and fruits. 
TO SIR WITH LOVE: Students of Lovely Lotus School dressed up as colourful flowers and fruits greet their teachers in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph



Dental mela in CDC
Ludhiana, September 2
The inaugural programme of the six-day dental health mela, organised by the Christian Dental College (CDC) was held here today. Dr N.C. Mann, senior consultant, CDC, in a press statement said the rally on anti-tobacco and oral hygiene was flagged off by Mr S.S.Sandhu, 3rd IRB Commandant, on the occasion.


Members of the Bharatiya Yog Sansthan participate in a special yoga camp
Members of the Bharatiya Yog Sansthan participate in a special yoga camp in Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Badminton meet from Sept 6
Ludhiana, September 2
The Ludhiana District Badminton Association (LDBA) will organise the District Badminton Championship here at the Shastri Hall, near Guru Nanak Stadium, from September 6 to 10, said a press note issued here by Mr R.S. Behal, honorary general secretary, LDBA.

SDP school win
Ludhiana, September 2
Despite a fine allround performance by Raghveer (31 runs and 4 for 27), Government Senior Secondary School, Hambran lost to SDP Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, by 50 runs in the Ludhiana District Inter-Schools (Zone I PAU) Cricket Tournament for Boys U-19 being played at the Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University ground here today.

Rural sports mela from Sept 3
Machhiwara, September 2
Rural sports mela at Kot Gangu Rai village will start on September 3, according to Mr Satwinder Singh Kooner, president of the organising unit Shree Guru Nanak Dev Sports Club.


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