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PAU adopts premature retirement policy
Unsatisfactory work, 25-yr service to be criterion
Ludhiana, October 29
Punjab Agricultural University has adopted a premature retirement policy for its teaching and non-teaching staff on the pattern of the Punjab Civil Services Rules. A decision to this effect was taken by the management board of the university with Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, in the chair.

Ex-wife, others beat up man
Ludhiana, October 29
A man was allegedly beaten up by his ex-wife, along with her husband and a few friends, in the Sarabha Nagar market late last night. The man, identified as Akash Bansal, was buying toys for his three-year-old son, Arman, when the incident took place.

Traders observe ‘black day’ against govt policies
Ludhiana, October 29
Irked over the anti-trade policies, persistently being followed by the Punjab Government, members of trade and industry today observed a ‘black day’ and representatives of more than one dozen trade and industrial bodies, led by Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal functionaries presented a memorandum to the Excise and Taxation Department.

MAKE A BUCK WHILE RED LIGHT SHINES: A vendor tries to sell his balloons while the traffic is held up due to the red light at a road crossing. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

MC official faces action for negligence
Ludhiana, October 29
As per the complaint on poor maintenance of sewerage system in ward No 66 in the city, municipal corporation authorities have ordered a show-cause notice to be served on Mr Subhash Dua, Superintending Engineer (O and M), before the matter was taken up with the Secretary, Local Government, Punjab, for taking appropriate disciplinary action against him.

MCPI workers block traffic
Ludhiana, October 29
On the call of seven organisations of farmers, activists of the Marxist Communist Party of India blocked traffic at the main bus stand for almost one hour here today. The protesters alleged that a contingent of police force manhandled them while they were sitting on peaceful dharna.

2-hr power cut in Civil Hospital
Ludhiana, October 29
The supply of electricity to the local Civil Hospital was disconnected for almost two hours as the hospital authorities had failed to deposit the bill after June 30. Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune admitted, “The electricity bill worth Rs 7 lakh could not be deposited due to the paucity of funds. The electricity was temporarily disconnected for two hours.

RECENTLY some local Congress leaders expressed their reservations over the visit of Pradesh Congress Committee president, H.S. Hanspal to a function hosted by a local businessman. The aggrieved leaders were alleging that the said trader was of doubtful credentials and the PCC chief should not have visited there. Taken aback by this “insubordination” of the local leaders, Mr Hanspal reprimanded them, asking them not to intervene in his functioning.
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NGOs urged to make coordinated efforts
Ludhiana, October 29
Transport Minister Tej Parkash Singh has exhorted the social and voluntary organisations engaged in service to the needy people to make coordinated efforts for the welfare of the weaker sections of the society, earmarking the specific areas of the activities, so that the overlapping of the services could be avoided and maximum number of beneficiaries could be covered.

Joginder Pal Pandey oration today
Ludhiana, October 29
The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise the fifth Joginder Pal Pandey oration in collaboration with the Nehru Sidhant Kendra tomorrow in Dumra Auditorium. Gen V.P. Malik, former Chief of the Indian Army, will deliver the oration on “India’s strategic culture.”

Capt Ravinder’s mother clarifies
Ludhiana, October, 29
Ms Surinder Kaur, mother of Capt Ravinder Singh of the 18th Cavalry, whose statue was unveiled at Latala village recently has clarified that there has been no delay in the unveiling of his son’s statue as has been reported in a news story “Capt Ravinder’s statue unveiled” published in Ludhiana Tribune on October 29.

Income tax surveys
Ludhiana, October 29
Officials of the Income Tax Department have conducted surveys of the rice shellers, dry fruit and karyana merchants in Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Moga districts to unearth black money. According to official information available here today, teams of the officials carried surveys of more than 10 rice shellers of Moga, Ludhiana, Khanna, Sham Chaurasi and Sahnewal.



CICU opposed to VAT
Ludhiana, October 29
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings has opposed introduction of the value-added tax system which is being implemented across the country from April next year. The implementation of the VAT system was being postponed since April, 2001, first till 2002 and now till 2003, as there was no consensus among the Chief Ministers and Finance Ministers of the various states.

Chinese fancy lights flood market
Ludhiana, October 29
Chinese fancy lights have captured the Indian markets. These lights can be used as decorative lights for Divali. These have become dirt cheap and are quite affordable, within reach of the common man. For the cost of a bottle of mustard oil used to light earthen lamps in a traditional way, a series of 180 bulbs can be lit.

A shopkeeper shows fancy lights to a customer in a city market in Ludhiana.

A shopkeeper shows fancy lights to a customer in a city market in Ludhiana


Farmers block national highway
Doraha, October 29
In response to a protest call given by seven farmer’s organisations, the national highway was blocked at Doraha for two hours, today. The blockage was imposed near Society Petrol Pump from two hours today due to which the commuters had to face inconvenience. The traffic was, however, diverted from Jaipura Road and Rampur-Kanech Road.

‘Horticulture alternative to wheat-paddy cycle’
Ludhiana, October 29
Horticulture can be an economically viable and eco -friendly alternative to the wheat-paddy cycle from which Punjab needs to diversify at least 10 lakh hectares, said Mr J.S. Kolar, Director, Extension Education, PAU, while addressing trainees at a gardeners’ training class after the completion of a one-year training programme organised by the Department of Horticulture.


PAU vets introduce new technique
Ludhiana, October 29
The Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, PAU, here has introduced a new technique of “interlocking intramedullary pinning” of fractures in dogs. According to Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Head of the department, this technique has been used to set the long-bone fractures in 20 dogs.

PU Zone-A youth fest concludes
Ludhiana, October 29
The concluding day of the youth festival being held at the Partap College of Education saw a lot of excitement among the participating teams. The day started with a debate competition. The topic “World peace lies in women empowerment” motivated the girls to speak with passion The trophy was bagged by Jaskiran Kaur of the Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh.
A team presents a play on the occasion of the Panjab University Zone-A Youth Festival in Ludhiana on Tuesday
A team presents a play on the occasion of the Panjab University Zone-A Youth Festival in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

PU Zone-B youth fest from Nov 8
Doraha, October 29
The Panjab University Zone-B Youth Festival is scheduled to be held at Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, from November 8 to 10, 2002. Informing this, Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college and Mr Jagdev Singh Grewal, organising secretary, said nearly 700 students were expected to participate in the festival.


Niladari spins magic on sitar
Ludhiana, October 29
In the series of ongoing concerts being arranged for college and school students to make them aware of their rich ‘Virasat’, the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture among Youth invited sitarist, Niladari Kumar, to play for the students of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School this morning.


300 doctors attend CME
Ludhiana, October 29
Over 300 doctors attended a CME at the Bassi Hospital on Saturday. Dr Vyom Bhargava, consultant neurosurgeon at the hospital, delivered a lecture on ‘Minimal invasive neurosurgery’ and stressed the use of this technique on all needy patients.


Ludhiana rural games begin
Ludhiana, October 29
Raikot girls and Machhiwara boys sprang surprise as they outplayed hosts Ludhiana in volleyball in the Ludhiana District Inter-Block Rural Games for Boys and Girls (u-16) which began at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.

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