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Farmers’ unions form flying squads
Ludhiana, October 7
Seven farmers’ unions, who have come together on one platform to fight the non-renewal of MSP of paddy, today constituted flying squads which would go around all purchase centres and mandis in order to make sure that paddy growers were paid the minimum support price (MSP) fixed by the Union Government.

Paddy procurement smooth, says DC
Ludhiana, October 7
Ludhiana district has shown more than satisfactory performance with regard to procurement of paddy with 90 out of 100 mandis having cent per cent procurement. This was disclosed here today by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, after he visited around a dozen mandis, including Sahnewal, Doraha, Mehdoodan, Payal and Isru. The Deputy Commissioner said strict enforcement of orders to restrict the harvesting by combines only during the daytime was being ensured.

Traders resent notice on parking space
Ludhiana, October 7
Owners of commercial complexes and trading community in upmarket Mall Road commercial centre in the city are up in arms over the tough stand taken by the district administration on the issue of parking problem in the area, which has assumed alarming proportions with traffic movement getting difficult with each passing day.


Hosiery manufacturers upset over entry tax on yarn
Ludhiana, October 7
With the state government having imposed 4 per cent entry tax on the import of yarn from outside, hosiery manufacturers have been left in a quandary. The yarn and hosiery associations for the past one week have been finding it difficult to deal with the situation since the government has not set any procedure as to how the tax should be deposited and whether it will have any incentives.

Love story with happy ending
Ludhiana, October 8
More than 90 per cent of the elopement cases in the city end unceremoniously with the boy cooling his heels in the jail facing charges of kidnapping and rape and the girl living like prisoner in her own house or married to a boy of her parents choice consoling herself all the time of her great sacrifice.

Hope of seeing missing son dims for Dalit family
Ahmedgarh, October 7
The last ray of hope of an aggrieved Dalit family to know the whereabouts of their son Babu Singh, who had disappeared in March 1991, has dimmed further with the Punjab State Human Rights Commission declaring the complaint disposed of as it is time barred.


Mass marriages of 550 girls arranged
Ludhiana, October 7
On October 28 Badowal village will be the centre of mass activity as around 50,000 persons will witness, like two previous years, mass marriages of 550 girls. The ‘baratis’ of 550 grooms along with band and drums to marry 550 girls waiting for them with their relatives and spectators will lend a festive ‘mela’ like atmosphere at Badhowal.

Jathedar’s appeal to people
Ludhiana, October 7
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti has appealed to people to stop drawing political mileage from the incidents which hurt sentiments of the people. He was speaking at Guru Nanak Girls College here today after attending the bhog ceremony of the Akhand Path performed to seek penance for the burning of a bir of Guru Granth Sahib on the college premises.
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti at a function held at Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana on Monday.— Photo Inderjit Verma
Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti at a function

The Goddesses in the making
Ludhiana, October 7
The trinity of divine Goddesses of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati are being readied by Ravinder Nath Bankura and his brother, Sajoy Kumar, who have specially come from their native village, Taladeha, 20 km away from Kolkata. While Dasehra is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the North, for Bengalis the festival of Durga Puja is of utmost importance. Mr A.K. Bhadury, president, Bangla Samsad, said these artists had been called to make idols of Goddesses for Durga Puja for the 15th time. The artists are busy getting two eight-foot-tall idols of Durga ready at a breakneck speed as they have to deliver one to the samsad and the other to another sabha in Shimla Puri by Thursday. 

Artists form Kolkata give final touches to the idol of Goddess Durga in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph 
Artists form Kolkata give final touches to the idol of Goddess Durga

Parbhat pheris get good response
Ludhiana, October 7
A series of parbhat pheris, which has been started by the ISKCON in connection with the Bhagwan Jagannath Rath Yatra to be taken out in the city on October 26, has evoked tremendous response from residents.

Valmikis warn beopar mandal
Ludhiana, October 7
The Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BVDS) will held a shobha yatra which will start from the local Daresi grounds on October 20 to celebrate the birthday of Lord Valmiki.

Tributes paid to Maharaja Aggarsen
Ludhiana, October 7
The Punjab Pardesh Aggarwal Sammelan celebrated Maharaja Aggarsen Jayanti at Community Hall here today under the presidentship of Mr Amrit Lal Aggarwal, president , Punjab Pardesh Aggarwal Sammelan.

Study circle convention ends
Ludhiana, October 7
On the last day of the convention organised by the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, today delegates from Maharashtra Zone gladdened the hearts of audience by showing them the journey of a “shabad” through computerised animation show.


48 bottles of illicit liquor seized
Doraha, October 7
The Payal police claims to have seized 48 bottles of illicit liquor from two persons against whom two cases were separately registered under the Excise Act at the Payal police station on Sunday.

One dead, 3 hurt in road mishap
Ahmedgarh, October 7
A person was killed and three were injured seriously when their scooter was hit by a Haryana Roadways bus near Kup Kalan on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana Road this morning.

Woman run over by truck
Ludhiana, October 7
Saroj Rani, 28, was run over by a truck (No-HR-31-3042) when she was riding a bicycle with her sister sitting pillion, near Jalandhar bye pass here. Just after the accident the crowd gathered on the spot and people informed the PCR cops. One of the cops chased the truck and before the driver could flee, he was nabbed by the police.

The body of Saroj lies on road after she was run over by a truck near the Jalandhar bypass in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV

The body of Saroj lies on road after she was run over by a truck


Hosiery traders honour Tibetan PM

Ludhiana, October 7
The Ludhiana Hosiery Association felicitated the Tibetan Prime Minister (in exile), Prof Semdeng Rimpoche, at a function organised here late yesterday. The association has thousands of Tibetan customers who sell hosiery products across the country.

Members of the Hosiery Association, Ludhiana, present a bouquet to the Tibetan Prime Minister Prof Semdeng Rimpoche in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Members of the Hosiery Association, Ludhiana, present a bouquet to the Tibetan Prime Minister Prof Semdeng Rimpoche

Internal auditors training
Mumbai-based International Certification Services, Asia, Pvt Ltd organised a workshop on awareness-cum-Internal auditors training programme on ISO 9001:2000QMS at a local hotel today.

Showroom opened
Ludhiana, October 7
Jenson and Nicholson today opened yet another showroom in Ludhiana. The showroom was inaugurated by Mr J.S. Chatterjee, the Joint Managing Director of the company.



Jamalpur school wins song competition
Ludhiana, October 7
The local Bharat Vikas Parishad (Kitchlu Branch), organised a branch-level national group song competition in the Dr Hedgewar auditorium of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir yesterday. Prof D.R.C. Bakhetia, president of the branch, said nine junior teams (class VI to X) and four senior teams class XI-XII) from nine schools affiliated with the CBSE participated in the competition.

Students of K.V.M. School perform in a national group song competition at B.V.M. School on Sunday
Students of K.V.M. School perform in a national group song competition

GNIMT receives ISO 9001:2000
Ludhiana, October 7
Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Ludhiana, has been conferred with ISO 9001:2000 certificate for its high quality standardisation in providing technical education to the students. GNIMT established in 1997 and approved by the AICTE, MBA MCA, BCA and the BBA courses under the flagship of Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar.

NSS camp organised
Ludhiana, October 7
A 10-day camp has been organised by NSS volunteers of Master Tara Singh Memorial College. A rally against social evils was launched by volunteers in different villages surrounding Kasabad. Students carried placards bearing slogans on “women education”, “female foeticide”, “cleanliness” and “plantation”.



Seminar on knee replacement today
Ludhiana, October 7
A one-day seminar on ‘An update on total knee replacement’ will be organised by the Department of Orthopaedic, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) tomorrow under the supervision of Dr J.L. Bassi (Chief Patron).

TB detection camp organised
Ludhiana, October 7
Ludhiana TB Eradication Society organised an awareness, health education and TB detection camp at Shree Ganesh Temple premises, Sector 32 PUDA Urban Estate today.


Shanti Tara College to host volleyball championship
Ludhiana, October, 7
Shanti Tara College (co-education), Ahmedgarh, will host this year’s Punjabi University volleyball championship from October 9 to 11. The opening ceremony of the championship will be held at the college ground on the first day of the championship. 

Basketball meet from Oct 9
Mandi Gobindgarh, October 7
Dr Harbans Lal, Minister of State for Forests, Food and Civil Supplies, will inaugurate state basketball competitions (under 14) in Government Senior Secondary School (Boys) here on October 9.

BVM School judokas bag 13 medals
Ludhiana, October 7
Students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir School, Udham Singh Nagar, here, won 13 medlas, including two gold, five silver and six bronze, in the 16th Punjab State Inter-School Judo Championship organised by the Sarbhind Educational Society at the Sharda Sarbhitkari Vidya Mandir, Sector 40-D, from October 4 to 6.


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