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Pammian kidney case: all accused absolved
Ludhiana , September 16
A high-level inquiry by Crime Branch of the state police, in the Pammian kidney transplant case, has absolved the three persons accused of tricking a resident of Pammian village into giving his kidney in return for sending abroad his family members.

Admn issues notices to 230 persons
Employees’ failure to attend poll rehearsal
Ludhiana, September 16
The district administration today issued notices to 230 employees for failing to attend the rehearsal, which was scheduled on September 13, for the poll duties for Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections. It has, however, given them a last chance to appear for the next rehearsal or face stringent action.

BSNL mobiles unlikely by Oct 2
Ludhiana, September 16
The BSNL mobile telephone services are unlikely to start in Ludhiana from October 2 as the infrastructural arrangements for the same are yet to be completed. However, the services may be launched by the end of October or in the beginning of November.

PAU Kisan Mela from September 19
Ludhiana, September 16
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, will inaugurate the state-level Kisan Mela on September 19 at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, said the theme of the mela would be “Rational use of natural resources.”

Preparations in full swing for the two-day Kisan Mela on the PAU campus in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pardeep Tewari
Preparations in full swing for the two-day Kisan Mela on the PAU campus

Record haul of narcotics by Jagraon police
Ludhiana, September 16
The Jagraon police has confiscated narcotics worth over Rs 25 lakh in less than two months. The seized drugs included 61.96 quintal of poppy husk, about 9 kg of opium and 800 gram of charas. A special drive was launched by the Jagraon police to check the burgeoning trade of narcotic smuggling in the area.


MC income soars
Accumulates cash surplus of 5 crore 
Ludhiana, September 16
The Municipal Corporation seems to be in good financial condition. According to official information, almost all pending bills of contractors and other liabilities worth about Rs 17 crore have been cleared during the past four months and for the first time in the recent years, the civic body, known as the richest among all local bodies in state, had a cash surplus of over Rs 5 crore.

Similarities between the two Gujarats
ujarat birth state of Gandhiji and Sardar Patel, had a bloodbath, courtesy Godhra blind act, accompanied by communal flare-ups in death and fire. It is in daily news, mostly sad and tragic. There is another Gujarat, nearer than Ahmedabad from Ludhiana, in distance.

Rain affects visitors to NZCC cultural mela 
Ludhiana, September 16
The national food, handicraft and cultural mela, organised by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) here is in full swing in the grounds of Government College for Women. Although it was washed out by incessant rains for the last three days, it started picking up at a slow pace from today.

Visitors at a stall at the NZCC mela in Ludhiana.— A Tribune photograph
Visitors at a stall at the NZCC mela
Fire breaks out in Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, September 16
A fire broke out in the Civil Hospital here late last evening, following a short circuit in the switchboard of the blood bank. Though no casualty was reported, yet panic gripped the indoor patients for several hours and they ran out of their wards. Dr S.N.Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, who took a round of the hospital, said, “We believe that it was a short circuit. Since the trauma ward is opposite the blood bank, the patients panicked and ran outside. Smoke engulfed the entire area for sometime”.

The switchboard of the blood bank at Civil Hospital, which got shortcircuited in Ludhiana on Sunday. — IV

The switchboard of the blood bank at Civil Hospital

Jagraon police to visit Kot Umra
Ludhiana, September 16
A team of the Jagraon police would visit Kot Umra village tomorrow to inquire into all aspects of rampant liquor brewing and smuggling in the area which allegedly forced the village panchayat to pass a resolution demanding immediate attention of the state government.


Labourer kidnapped
Khanna, September 16
Some car-borne armed persons kidnapped a migrant labourer, working as a rickshaw-puller, from the Samadhi road on Sunday evening. The victim is identified as Bikhari Paswan, a resident of Maharani village in Bihar, and now residing in Narotam Nagar.

Two booked for eve-teasing
Sahnewal, September 16
Two persons were booked by the police on Sunday for teasing a girl and allegedly giving her objectionable letters. Mr Resham Singh of the Railway road, Sahnewal, alleged that Baljinder Singh ‘Soni’ and a PCO owner, Kesar Singh, had given letters to his daughter, Gurmit Kaur ‘Jot’.


PSB distributes new currency notes
Ludhiana, September 16
The Punjab and Sind Bank organised a special one-day camp at its Salem Tabri branch in the city on Sunday for distribution of new currency notes and coins against mutilated and old ones.

Clarification questioned
Ludhiana, September 16
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has questioned the clarification issued by the Taxation Department after bringing certain items under the first-stage levy of sales tax. These items include B.P. sheets, pipes and pipe fittings. Later, the department also included hot-rolled coils and cold-rolled sheets as well.



College celebrates Engineers’ Day
Ludhiana, September 16
Thirty-fifth Engineers’ Day was celebrated in the Industrial Consultancy Hall of Guru Nanak Engineering College, here yesterday. The programme was organised by the local centre of the Institution of Engineers (India).

DMCH cultural evening
Ludhiana, September 16
A cultural evening was organised by the undergraduate students of batch 2001 of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, in the jam packed Dumra Auditorium to welcome the freshers. Clad in colourful dresses medical students entertained the audience through various cultural items.

Navodya school opened 
Ludhiana, September 16
“Teachers should not only give quality education to students, but also make them good citizens,” said the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, at the inauguration of Jawahar Navodya Vidalaya at Dhanansu village, near here, today. The school coming up on over 30 acres will start functioning within three years.



PCMS body flays Health Ministry
Ludhiana, September 16
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has criticised the move of the Union Health Ministry to wrest the autonomous powers of the Medical Council of India (MCI) by replacing medical professionals with bureaucrats to supervise all matters concerning medical education such as running of colleges, framing syllabi and quality control.


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