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Ex-SSP Pherurai booked  in corruption case
Possesses wealth, property much beyond his means
Raikot, September 9
Two days after the state Vigilance Bureau registered cases against the son and daughter of former SSP Gurcharan Singh Pherurai for using money to get a job through the PPSC, the Raikot police has registered a fresh case against the former SSP under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was registered today on the recommendation of Mr Amarjit Singh PPS, SP(HQ), Jagraon, who after an inquiry found evidence against the former police officer of amassing huge wealth beyond his known sources of income.

Udham Singh Trust claims owning 
Lions Club land
Ludhiana, September 9
Even as the Ludhiana Improvement Trust has asked the local Lions Club to clear the dues of the land on which it is built and has closed it, the Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial Trust has claimed that the land belongs to the trust and has been earmarked for Udham Singh’s memorial.

Migrant labourer awaits justice
Raikot (Ludhiana), September 9
Even after eight months of getting a case of abetment to suicide registered against a local Akali leader, a migrant labourer here is awaiting justice as the Raikot police has allegedly failed to arrest the accused.


Third census of SSI units in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, September 9
The district administration has taken a decision to conduct a fresh census to evaluate the incidence of sickness and its causes in the small-scale industry (SSI). The last census was conducted 12 years ago. The third census comprises complete enumeration of the SSI units registered up to March 31 last year and a sample survey of the unregistered SSI sector.


SAD plans anti-Cong movement
Ludhiana, September 9
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) would launch a mass movement against the Congress government in the state headed by Capt Amarinder Singh to focus on “betrayal of the masses” by the ruling party and its vindictive policies against political opponents in general and the activists of erstwhile ruling coalition in particular.
Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, district president, SAD, addresses a news conference in Ludhiana on Monday. Others in the picture are Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, Mr Daya Singh, Baba Ajit Singh and Mr Harjinder Singh Laati. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Mr Avtar Singh Makkar, district president, SAD, addresses a news conference

Tohra playing into Cong hands, says Garcha
Ludhiana, September 9
Taking strong exception to remarks of the former SGPC president, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, holding the erstwhile SAD-BJP government responsible for the reimposition of power charges on the farming sector, senior SAD leader and former Minister for Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, has said Mr Tohra had lost his mental balance and was making wild and unfounded accusations against the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, just in order to please his ‘friends’ in the Congress.

Bitta writes to Sonia about Sibal
Ludhiana, September 9
The chairman of the All-India Anti Terrorist Front (AIATF) and former president of the Indian Youth Congress, Mr Maninderjit Singh Bitta, has urged the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, to ask the party spokesman, Mr Kapil Sibal, not to plead the case of Davinder Pal Singh, who has been convicted by the Supreme Court and awarded the death sentence.

We are harassed by govt officials: INA veterans
Ludhiana, September 9
A large number of freedom fighters, who gathered at Jagraon recently for organising a function to commemorate the anniversary of INA supremo Gen Mohan Singh, rued the harassment they were made to face at the government-run offices.

621 widows given relief
Ludhiana, September 9
Shri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha and Lala Jagat Narayan Nishkam Sewa Sangh jointly organised the 61st monthly function on the temple premises near Subhani building here yesterday, in which relief was distributed among 621 widows in the form of rations and household items of daily use.

Widows wait for their turn at the 61st pension and ration distribution function in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Widows wait for their turn at the 61st pension and ration distribution function

Kheri-Jhameri phones dead
Ludhiana, September 9
Telephones of Kheri-Jhameri village, 10 km from here have not been functioning for the past more than 10 days causing inconvenience to villagers. According to Mr Ashok Kumar of Kheri-Jhameri village despite repeated complaints to the Telecom Department, the snag has not been rectified.


One killed, three injured in accidents
Sahnewal, September 9
One person was killed and three others were injured in two accidents that took place near Sahnewal on Sunday. A scooterist, Baljit Singh of Rampur village was going along with his cousin, Pritam Kaur, when a truck PB11K-8257 hit them, thus injuring the two. 

Kisan Sabha member robbed
Ahmedgarh, September 9
A state committee member and district general secretary of the Zamhuri Kisan Sabha, Mr Baldev Singh Latala, was attacked by three unidentified persons on Sunday night when he was returning home from a campaign for joint action against the recent decision of the government to withdraw free power to farmers. Miscreants snatched his cash and valuables including gold rings and a wrist watch.


‘Review power hike structure’
Ludhiana, September 9
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Punjab) has alleged that the State Electricity Regulatory Commission has made some hidden provision for large supply consumers above 100 KW in the power tariff revision.

Coin distribution mela
Ludhiana, September 9
Punjab National Bank, Industrial Area, Ludhiana, yesterday organised a coin distribution mela to improve the availability of coins to the public. Mr H.L. Arora, Deputy General Manager, Punjab Zone, inaugurated the mela. While speaking on the occasion, Mr Arora, stated that due to persistent demand for coins, the bank had organised the mela.


Relief announced for farmers
Amloh, September 9
Maximum relief has been recommended for the farmers of this district who have either failed to transplant the paddy crop or their standing crop had been affected by failure of rains, said Mr Vikas Partap, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib. This he said after laying the foundation stone of extended block of the pucca platform in grain market, Amloh, costing Rs 4.03 lakh yesterday.

Dr Khush Award for Dr Hundal
Ludhiana, September 9
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has awarded the Dr Gurdev Singh Khush Distinguished Professor Award to Dr Jarnail Singh Hundal, Professor and Head, Department of Vegetable Crops, PAU, for his outstanding achievements in vegetable breeding.


School authorities, parents reach truce
Ludhiana, September 9
After causing ugly scenes for over 10 days, including a protest by parents today, the controversy between the authorities of Blossoms School and parents of six children ended today late afternoon. Tension prevailed in the school at Shastri Nagar here today when parents of six children, debarred from attending the school since August 28 for indiscipline, protested against the decision and the refusal by the school authorities to allow the children to study despite paying the fines.
Jaspal, a student of Blossoms School, narrates his version of the incident
Jaspal, a student of Blossoms School, narrates his version of the incident at the school in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Freshers’ night at DMCH
Ludhiana, September 9
It was an enthusiastic first day for the MBBS freshers at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital as they received a warm welcome at “Welcome MBBS batch 2002”, organised at Dumra Auditorium last evening by the institute.

Workshop concludes
Ludhiana, September 9
The three-day artists’ workshop, organised at Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town here, today. It was organised under the aegis of the Fine Arts Department under the supervision of Ms Manjeet Randhawa and Ms Karuna Mohindru.

Gunjan crowned Miss Fresher
Ludhiana, September 9
Senior students of Government College for Women held Miss Fresher contest here. Students of second and third year took part in the programme for juniors.
A choreography, based on the poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”, by PG Diploma students stole the show.

Gunjan, who was chosen Miss Fresher at a programme in Government College for Women, flanked by the first runners-up Disha (right) and the second runners-up Neha. — A Tribune photograph 

Meritorious school students honoured
Ludhiana, September 9
The KVM School Management Committee recently organised a function here to honour the toppers and students who had been selected for professional courses during 2001-2002. The students and their parents were invited to a get-together. Mr Prem Aggarwal, manager of the school, welcomed them.



CDC dental health mela
Ludhiana, September 9
The six-day dental health mela organised by the Christian Dental College, Ludhiana, sponsored by the Punjab Dental Council, M/S Colgate Palmolive Ltd. and philanthropists of Ludhiana concluded amidst much fun and frolic interspersed with songs and skits on oral health.


Snooker title for Ashish
Ludhiana, September 9
Ashish Dhanda of the Sutlej Club won the Ludhiana City Open Snooker Tournament, organised by the Triple A Syndicate held at the Sutlej Club last night. In the finals, Ashish beat Sanjeev Bhalla also from the Sutlej Club by four frames to one. Sanjeev played well to win the first frame on black ball but thereafter he could not match the potting ability and cue ball control of Ashish Dhanda.
Winners of the City Open Snooker Tournament along with the chief guest, Mr Malkit Singh Birmi, MLA, at a function held in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Winners of the City Open Snooker Tournament along with the chief guest, Mr Malkit Singh Birmi, MLA,

Kabaddi title for Otalan 
Machhiwara, September 9
The four-day Rural Olympics, being held at Kot Gangu Rai, concluded yesterday. The Baba Nag Bhag Cup in kabaddi was clinched by Otalan village, which defeated Khurd village. The Otalan team was also given a cash award of Rs 11,000. In volleyball, Panjeta defeated Gado - Lakhowal.


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