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Farmers disrupt rail traffic near Phillaur, Sahnewal
Ludhiana/Sahnewal, September 30
Hundreds of farmers, agitated at no increase in the minimum support price of paddy, blocked rail traffic for about three hours at Sahnewal and Phillaur today.

Rail passengers bear the brunt
Ludhiana, September 30
Thousands of passengers on board the Malwa Express and the Dadar Express that pass through Sahnewal and Phillaur were inconvenienced for at least three hours as hundreds of farmers agitating over the minimum support price of paddy blocked traffic at Bhattian village, near Phillaur, and at a level-crossing near Sahnewal.
Passengers wait for trains at Ludhiana railway station. — Photos Inderjit Verma


Allotment of prime land questionable
Former EO tells tale of plot scam
Ludhiana, September 30
Prime land in the Model Town extension towards Dugri Road has been allotted at reserve price to certain influential persons. Anything but merit seems to be the criteria for this selection by certain officials of the Local Self Government Department of Punjab.

Cricket craze invades Borstal Jail
Ludhiana, September 30
The craze for cricket has swept even the highly fortified precincts of the Borstal Jail here. For the first time in the history of Punjab jails, the game has been included in the recreation schedule of inmates.

Schools yet to get exam forms
Many did not get question papers for exams
Ahmedgarh, September 30
Gross negligence and laxity by the Printing and Stationery Department of the Punjab School Education Board has created chaos in government high schools and senior secondary schools in the state.

Spurt in chain-snatching cases
Ludhiana, September 30
There has been a sudden increase in incidents of chain-snatching at Sarabha Nagar in the last one week. The incidents have specially taken place in ‘J’ and ‘I’ blocks of the colony. The panic-stricken residents have demanded better surveillance by the police in the area.

Just today between three bank holidays
Ludhiana, September 30
Two consecutive bank holidays since yesterday have left thousands of customers in lurch. While yesterday was Sunday; today, it was the half-yearly closing of banks. Banks will open tomorrow, but close again on Wednesday, on Gandhi Jayanti.


SHSYAD to launch campaign against social evils
Ludhiana, September 30
The Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal (SHSYAD) will launch a concerted campaign against social evils and would strive to create a civilised society. As a step towards this direction, a youth convention would be convened here on November 21.

Sant Samaj flays ‘Khalsa Panchayat’
Ludhiana, September 30
The International Sant Samaj has taken strong exception to the threats issued by the self-styled “Khalsa Panchayat” to gherao Akal Takht Head Priest Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and has maintained that such acts of showing disrespect to the chief of the highest temporal seat of the Sikh community would be suitably opposed by religious and other bodies of the community.



Workshop for school teachers on epilepsy
Ludhiana, September 30
“One person out of 100 suffers from epilepsy. Though it can occur at any age, it is typically seen as a condition affecting the young, often starting in childhood and sometimes lasting throughout the life.

ABVP gives memorandum to ADC
Ludhiana, September 30
The local unit of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today submitted a memorandum of demands to Mr A. K. Sinha, Additional Deputy Commissioner.
The ABVP is organising a rally on November 26 in Delhi. The national executive council of the parishad had decided that today would be observed as a ‘maang divas’ when all units of the ABVP would submit memorandums to the Deputy Commissioners of their respective districts.
Activists of the ABVP come out of the ADC's office
Activists of the ABVP come out of the ADC's office after submitting a memorandum to him in Ludhiana on Monday. —A Tribune photograph

CMC win best college trophy
Ludhiana, September 30
Overall best college trophy in cultural and social events was bagged by students of the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) at Pulse-2002 (All-India Inter Medical College Festival) held at AIIMS recently.



Docs get tips  on heart
Ludhiana, September 30
More than 70 per cent of the congenital heart disorders (CHDs) can be surgically corrected. If the surgery is successful, the heart can function normally throughout life, said Dr Krishna S. Iyer, Senior Consultant and in charge (paediatric and congenital heart surgery), Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre, at a symposium on cardiac surgery organised by the Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) here yesterday.

Conference on genetics
Ludhiana, September 30
With the latest advances and unravelling of the human genome, genetics is the latest buzzword in the field of medicine and a lot of emphasis is laid on the genetic aspect of the disease. Keeping in view this development, the Anatomy Department of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) organised a CME in clinical anatomy, “An update in genetics”, here yesterday.

Ayurveda all set to spread its wings
Ludhiana, September 30
Ayurveda is now all set to spread its wings in Eastern countries also. The Technology Export Development Organisation (TEDO), a joint cell of the Government of India’s Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and Confederation of Indian Industry, after including ayurveda as a technology in its task list, has started initiating various steps.


GCW eves win hockey title
Ludhiana, September 30
Government College for Women, Ludhiana, defeated Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Kila Raipur, 6-5, to win the final in the Ludhiana District Women Hockey Championship at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today. 


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