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Live bomb dumped on roadside
Sandbags cover a live bomb dumped on roadside in Focal PointLudhiana, September 6
Some persons, suspected to be industrial workers, dumped a live bomb, found in a scrap, near a main road beside a slum in Focal Point late yesterday. The police has put sandbags around the bomb to minimise the chances of any damage if it explodes. The dumping of the bomb on roadside proves how seriously do industrialists take the directions of the district administration that it should be informed whenever a bomb is found in a scrap.
Sandbags cover a live bomb dumped on roadside in Focal Point, Ludhiana, on Friday. IV

Nocturnal beast keeps nights awake
Samrala, September 6
Electric fences and night patrols have come up in villages around Samrala to ward off a mysterious animal that has spread panic here in the past one week. It has killed two animals and attacked some humans as well. The administration machinery, including the police and wildlife officials, have failed to trace the animal. The delay has only helped rumour mongers, with false reports of attacks adding to the tension.


Harassed PSEB consumer complains to CM
Ludhiana, September 6
Harassed by the continuous demand for money by two officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board, a consumer today filed a complaint under oath to the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, and other senior officers of the board charging these officials with demanding bribe from him.

Row that filled empty galleries
Ludhiana, September 6
Controversial film ‘Ek Chotti Si Love Story’ opened to a packed Arti Cinema here today, in spite of the Mumbai High Court stay order that came yesterday. It was a young crowd at the show, comprising mostly boys of schools and colleges, who had bunked classes to stand in queue for the tickets as early as 8 am.

School students jostle for the tickets of the controversial adult film ‘Ek Chotti Si Love Story’ that opened to a packed Arti Cinema in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
School students jostle for the tickets of the controversial adult film ‘Ek Chotti Si Love Story’

Parmar to head Animal Breeding in PAU
Ludhiana, September 6
Dr O.S. Parmar, Senior Dairy Cattle Breeder, is the new head of the Department of Animal Breeding, Genetics and Biostatistics, Punjab Agricultural University. Dr Parmar is a leading dairy scientist in the field of cattle improvement and his major achievements is breeding one of the best herds of crossbred cows which recently touched a 305-day milk production of about 4,000 litres and peak yield as high as 52.5 litres a day with systematic application of animal breeding technologies.


Commuters a harassed lot
Doraha, September 6
The commuters commuting daily and covering a radius of more than 5 km especially from Ludhiana to Doraha are sore over the formalities introduced by the national Highway authority of India regarding the issuance of their passes.

Namdharis honour Hanspal
Ludhiana, September 6
It was a journey down the memory lane for the Namdharis while honouring Mr H.S. Hanspal for being appointed president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). Mr Hanspal was felicitated by the Namdhari society yesterday at a colourful function attended by several other Congress leaders including Transport Minister Tej Prakash, local MP, Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, District Congress Committee president Gurcharan Singh Ghalib and senior vice-president of the Pradesh Youth Congress Pawan Dewan. 
The PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, being honoured at a function
The PPCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, being honoured at a function in Ludhiana on Friday. — IV

A rural mela under the aegis of Nag devta
Kot Gangu Rai, September 6
In an era where computer games and bowling alleys are ruling the roost and information technology is the buzzword, a rural mela with all its rustic robustness and simplicity is a welcome break and takes one back to the times when such events were eagerly awaited the entire year.


20 bags of poppy husk seized
Jagraon, September 6
The Sidhwan Bet police, at a naka near the Kachcha Rasta from Sidhwan Kalan to Swaddi Kalan, seized 12 bags of poppy husk from a vehicle. According to a press note by Mr M.S. Cheena, SSP, the police signalled the vehicle to stop at the check post but the driver tried to speed up and escape.

Undertrial booked, no action against cop
Ludhiana, September 6
In a complete reversal of events, the division no. 8 police station booked an undertrial, Rajinder Singh ‘Pappu’ for allegedly interfering with the duty of a policeman and manhandling him.



3000 electronic milk testers for Punjab
Ludhiana, September 6
To make dairy farming a profitable venture for young farmers, a comprehensive plan has been chalked out by the state government under which the milk procurement system would be made absolutely transparent by setting up a large number of automatic milk collection centers and electronic milk testers at milk collection centers at the village cooperative societies.


PAU gets Rs 20 crore for research
Ludhiana, September 6
The Punjab Government has allocated Rs 20 crore to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for undertaking research for sustaining agriculture and diversify the agricultural pattern in the state.

Photography appreciation workshop in college
Ludhiana, September 6
A photography appreciation workshop was organised in Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, from September 3 to September 5, by the Department of Fashion Designing in collaboration with the Sabhyacharak Vikas Manch.

The Principal of the school, Ms Charanjit Mahal, and staff members at a photo exhibition by Janmeja Singh Johal. — A Tribune photograph
The Principal of the school, Ms Charanjit Mahal, and staff members at a photo exhibition

Teachers’ Day celebrated
Ludhiana, September 6
Students of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, celebrated Teachers’ Day in the campus here today. The entire campus reflected joy and hilarity as the students bursting with enthusiasm greeted their teachers with flowers and cards.

Seminar on insurance awareness
Ludhiana, September 6
A seminar on “insurance awareness” was organised at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, today for the students of MBA and BBA. The speakers were Mr Gautam Duggal, relationship manager, and Mr Vibhu Sood, sales manager, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd.



Contract of cycle stand cancelled
Ludhiana, September 6
The district administration today cancelled the contract of a cycle stand in a Mini Secretariat prematurely, after receiving complaints of overcharging against the contractor. The orders were enforced with immediate effect.

Reserved price cut for octroi
Khanna, September 6
The Khanna Municipal Council has decided to reduce Rs 70.40 lakh in the reserved price of octroi for 2002-2003 and to abolish six posts of inspector and some other employees as the report of the special meeting held on September 2 was circulated among the council members here today.


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