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Touching send-off to poll duty staff
Feelings of enthusiasm and distress
Ludhiana, September 21
Divergent feelings of enthusiasm and despair marked the sending-off ceremony of over 180 employees who left the city for poll duty today in the risky terrain of Jammu and Kashmir.
An employee consoles his crying daughter while leaving for poll duty in Jammu and Kashmir from Ludhiana
An employee consoles his crying daughter while leaving for poll duty in Jammu and Kashmir from Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Woman alleges rape by ASI
Sahnewal, September 21
An ASI of the Punjab Police has been booked by the Sahnewal police for allegedly raping a married woman and keeping her in illegal confinement for 25 days. The accused cop has been arrested.




Zinda dances banned at Chhapar Mela
Chhapar (Ludhiana), September 21
The Jagraon police today banned the organisation of the controversial Zinda dance from the historic Chappar mela. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Jagraon, Mr M.S. Chheena, said that he had ordered the banning of such dances with immediate effect after the exploitation of the dancing girls was highlighted by Ludhiana Tribune today.


Complainant questions inquiry report
Sahnewal, September 21
The alleged victim in the Pammian kidney transplant case has refused to believe the inquiry report of the Crime Branch of the state police, which absolved all three accused in the case besides casting a question mark on the motives of the alleged victim.

Jagsher Singh and his wife Baljinder Kaur. IV
Jagsher Singh and his wife Baljinder Kaur

MC in the dock over park beautification
Ludhiana, September 21
With the dispute between Valmiki groups in the city and Shri Ram Lila Committee over use of a park adjoining Daresi Grounds in the old city for Dasehra mela snowballing into a major controversy, which had all the indications of taking an ugly turn, the Municipal Corporation has been caught on the wrong foot for undertaking a massive beautification work in the controversial park at a cost of more than Rs 22 lakh.
Contractors have set up joy rides for Dasehra Mela in a park adjoining the Daresi Grounds in Ludhiana
Contractors have set up joy rides for Dasehra Mela in a park adjoining the Daresi Grounds in Ludhiana. IV

Burn victim seeks financial help
Ludhiana, September 21
The horrifying memories of the fateful evening of June 20, 2002, are still fresh in the mind of 35-year-old Baljit Kaur from Phillaur, when she accidentally caught fire while making tea. Her wounds have started healing, but the trauma is not over as she gradually recovers at the Christian Medical College and Hospital here. It has been three months since she was brought to the CMC in a critical condition with 65 per cent burns.

Lodha opens animal shelter
Ludhiana, September 21
Mr Guman Lala Lodha, Chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India, inaugurated a block of animals shelter (jeev kendra and Bhagwan Mahavir Abhayshala) being built by the People For Animals Ludhiana, at Khwajke on the Rahon Road.


Land dispute leads to murder
Jagraon, September 21
Pal Singh, son of Hakam Singh of Sherpur Khurd is alleged to have been murdered by his brothers, Piara Singh and Iqbal Singh, with the help of three unknown persons because of some land dispute. The local police has registered a case under Section 302/148/149, IPC, on statement of Sher Singh of Akhara village, father-in-law of Pal Singh.

Woman commits suicide
Doraha, September 21
A married woman, allegedly fed up with torture by her husband and in-laws, committed suicide by drowning herself in the Sirhind Canal. The body of the deceased was recovered from Rampur pull late last night. It had been sent for a post-mortem examination.


‘Cycle units need to brace for WTO’
Ludhiana, September 21
“Learning to live in a competitive environment, both in domestic and export markets, comprehensive study on market feasibility, a hike in investment limit for the small scale industrial sector, consortia approach, simplification of labour laws, proper human resource development and training, cluster development, partnership programmes for technology development, an image building exercise and rationalisation of various government schemes for the industry are some of the immediate measures suggested by the experts to enable the bicycle and parts industry to withstand the impact of WTO.”

Cycle parts body poll on Sept 24
Ludhiana, September 21
With the scrutiny of nomination papers and withdrawal of nominations over, four contenders have been elected unopposed as office-bearers of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association while there would be straight contests for other posts including those of the president and general secretary.

Bhargava takes over
Ludhiana, September 21
Mr U.S. Bhargava has taken charge of Punjab National Bank, Punjab Zone, as the new General Manager here, while Mr P.N. Khurana, his predecessor has moved to Head Office, New Delhi.

Lotus to organise business seminar
Ludhiana, September 21
The Lotus group of companies will organise a business seminar here on September 22. According to a press release, Mr Peter Hobbs, trade commissioner, New Zealand High Commission, New Delhi, and Mr S.S. Shergill, Commonwealth Consultant, Markfed, Chandigarh will be the chief guests on the occasion. They will also be officially launching Lotus group of companies.

Bausch and Lomb start campaign
Ludhiana, September 21
Mumbai’s Sohini Jaitly yesterday launched the ‘Confidence, Contacts and Me’ campaign along with a brand new promotional seasons of Bausch and Lomb ‘Colours’ at Punjabi Opticians in Ghumar Mandi.


Delay in paddy MSP condemned
Ludhiana, September 21
The Marxist Communist Party of India has criticised the Union Government for its failure to announce the minimum support price of paddy even though the crops had started arriving in the market.

Animal welfare camp at Kaunke Kalan
Jagraon, September 21
An animal welfare camp was jointly organised at Kaunke Kalan village, 9 km from here by the State Bank of Patiala, Kaunke Kalan and the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab.


Parents write to DC in favour of school staff
Ludhiana, September 21
Parents of students of Nauria Mal Jain School have raised their voice against the complaint lodged by Mr Ashok Kumar Sharma, who had lodged a complaint against the Principal, Vice-Principal and a staff member of the school. Mr Sharma had complained that his daughter Rajni Sharma, a Class IX class student, was severely punished. The parents have forwarded copies of their letter to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, the SSP and the DGP besides the Press.

DIET students polish shoes at Chhapar Mela
Ahmedgarh, September 21
First time in the history of fairs, spectators at Chhapar Mela saw graduates and postgraduates, polishing shoes of visitors to express their resentment on government’s education policy.

DIET students polish shoes of visitors at the Chhapar Mela to express resentment against not getting promised jobs from the Punjab Government. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
DIET students polish shoes of visitors at the Chhapar Mela to express resentment against not getting promised jobs from the Punjab Government

Deepti Arora
Storming a ‘male’ bastion
Ludhiana, September 21
Deepti Arora has stood first in M.Sc Physics examination conducted by Panjab University in 2002. She has topped the list with 80 per cent marks. Talking to Ludhiana Tribune, Deepti said,” I always had a desire to do something different.

Freshers’ Day at GNIMT
Ludhiana, September 21
Freshers’ Day was organised today by senior students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujjarkhan campus, Model Town, Ludhiana, to welcome the freshers of BBA, BCA, MCA and MBA courses. The chief guest on the occasion was eminent educationist, Dr (Mrs) H.K. Bal.

The winners of the Ms Fresher contest at the GNIMT in Ludhiana on Saturday. IV
The winners of the Ms Fresher contest at the GNIMT in Ludhiana on Saturday



Conference on female foeticide
Ludhiana, September 21
The Department of Health Education and Family Welfare, Christian Medical College and Hospital and International Union for Health Promotion and Education, SEARB, Punjab Chapter, will organise a health education conference on “Reproductive rights, PNDT Act and female foeticide in rural Punjab” on September 23 and 24 on the hospital premises.



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