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Vigilance raid on school 
Authorities smuggle out records
Ludhiana, January 28
A team of the Chandigarh and Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau raided the Gokul Road SD Girls Higher Secondary School in Motchpura Market here today and confiscated several documents and files, following a complaint by a former teacher, that the school was involved in large-scale irregularities aimed at taking aid from the state government.

Flying yogis caught by Tribune lensman
Flying yogis caught by Tribune lensman Pradeep Tewari


Congress sweeps Block Samiti poll
Ludhiana, January 28
The Congress swept the block samiti elections held here today in various parts of the district. While the elections in Ludhiana-II and Dehlon blocks were postponed for the want of quorum, the results of 10 blocks were declared in the evening.

Councillors reject scavenging tax
Ludhiana, January 28
The General House of the local Municipal Corporation unanimously rejected a proposal for imposition of scavenging tax on city residents. Councillors belonging to the ruling Congress and opposition parties, while opposing any fresh tax, suggested that the measures aimed at resource mobilisation be brought before the house at the budget meeting to be in the near future.
Ruling and Opposition councillors in an agitated mood during a meeting of the MC General House in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Ruling and Opposition councillors in an agitated mood during a meeting of the MC General House

Lure of greener pastures lands them in jail
Rohira, January 28
In yet another case of exploitation of innocent villagers by travel agents, four youths of this village, along with seven others from Rajasthan, have fallen prey to their dream of greener pastures in a foreign land.

He had no papers for tricycle
Ludhiana, January 28
Hope turned into despair for Kulwinder Singh when he was sent empty back empty-handed on a Republic Day function organised at the local Government College for Boys. Kulwinder Singh had come to the function after hearing that physically challenged would be given tricycles on the occasion. However, he was not given a tricycle as he had not applied to the local Red Cross office for the same. Disappointed, he had to leave the venue.

Symbolism holds an important place in our lives. Be it the national, religious or cultural, its celebration always creates a sense of belonging among the people. However, the national days have been reduced to ritualism. This Republic Day, when the country’s military might was being displayed at Rajpath, people in the city appeared indifferent.
  • Kissa kursi ka

  • Kundi by PSEB?

  • 53rd or 54th?

  • Watch your tongue

  • Multipurpose repair

  • ‘NIR’ Sabha

  • Colours of mourning

  • Memory lane

  • Obscene titles

  • Tailpiece


BJP’s SC Morcha to enroll members
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 28
The NDA government in the Centre will complete its term of five years as the BJP has succeeded in keeping it intact by strictly following the commonly agreed agenda, Mr Sangprya Gautam, member of Parliament, secretary of the All-India Scheduled Caste Morcha and in charge of the Punjab affairs of the morcha told mediapersons at Gobindgarh Club Ltd after the meeting of the State Working Committee of the morcha today.

Factionalism to the fore at Lalaji’s anniversary 
Dhudi Ke (Moga),  January 28
Shere-e-Punjab Lala Lajpat Rai sacrificed his life for the freedom of the nation, but politicians today left no opportunity to exploit his name for narrow political ends on the occasion of his birth anniversary. the historic cultural mela held here for the past 48 years was converted into a show of strength where scantily clad women were made to dance on stage with a view to keeping the audience in tact.
Villagers of Dhude Ke pay tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai on the occasion of his birth anniversary on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
Villagers of Dhude Ke pay tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai on the occasion

SSF readies for dharna at Delhi
Ludhiana, January 28
With the Sikh community and a score of political, religious and other bodies coming together to oppose capital punishment to Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, an accused in the bomb blast at the All-India Youth Congress headquarters, the Sikh Students Federation (SSF) is mobilising support for a dharna in Delhi on February 3 in this regard.

Fabulous discounts!
Ludhiana, January 28
Beware of fabulous discounts offered by various showrooms. Mr Rajinder Singh, medical representative, purchased a pullover from a leading departmental store that claimed to provide 53 per cent discount on pullovers to mark Republic Day.


5 held for planning robbery
Khanna, January 28
With the arrest of five persons, the Khanna police has foiled an attempt to rob the State Bank of Patiala branch in the New Grain Market here on Monday. As many as four pistols and eight cartridges were seized from their possession.

Body of newborn found
Ludhiana, Jan 28
In the third incident of its kind reported in the city in less than a month’s time, the abandoned body of a newborn male child has been found at a vacant plot in the New Azad Nagar area here.


Campaign to promote ‘Speed’ petrol ends
Ludhiana, January 28
The campaign of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) for the promotion of "Speed", a superior quality of petrol, concluded here today. Addressing a function to mark the conclusion of the campaign, a BPCL official, Mr Parveen Kaul, observed that "Speed" was India's first high-performance petrol.


Cotton growers reap good profit
Ludhiana, January 28
The cotton growers of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have made good profit this year as a result of hike in the prices of American cotton in the region. There is a hike of 40 per cent in the prices of American cotton this year as compared with the prices during the last year. Prices remained between Rs 2,150 to Rs 2,200 per quintal this year as compared with the prices of Rs 1,650 to Rs 1,700 per quintal last year.


PAU don given warm send-off
Ludhiana, January 28
Dr Sodhi was given a warm send-off by the staff and students of Punjab agricultural University here today.
Dr Malwinder Singh Tiwana, Dean, College of Agriculture, said that Dr Sodhi's qualities should be emulated by students. Dr Sodhi worked in different capacities ,including that of District Extension specialist (Agronomy) at Patiala and Gurdaspur, respectively.



DMCH society to elect president
Ludhiana, January 28
The stormy General House meeting of the managing society of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on the hospital premises here yesterday failed to produce any concrete result, in spite of the presence of over 30 members of the 42-member society. The meeting has been postponed till 15 days after.

IMA calls session on kidney scam
Ludhiana, January 28
The national executive of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to convene a central-working-committee session in Gandhinagar to discuss different aspects of the kidney scam like the role of the state government in handling the situation and the allegations levelled against the doctors.


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