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Staff of 49 schools go on strike
Ludhiana, January 30
As many as 60,000 students in 49 government-aided schools run in the district had to sit at home today following a protest by their teachers against the alleged misbehaviour of a complainant during a vigilance raid on S.D. Jain Senior Secondary Girls School on Tuesday.

A bright red garden nasturtium presents a beautiful sight after the rain
A bright red garden nasturtium presents a beautiful sight after the rain that lashed the city on Thursday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari


Dead man booked for harassment !
Ludhiana, January 30
In an unusual case, the Division No 7 police (Vardhman police station) has booked a dead man in a dowry harassment case lodged by his daughter-in-law, who is a resident of Mahima Singh Wala village in this district.

Tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi
Ludhiana, January 30
To observe martyrdom day of the Father of the nation, as ‘Shaheedi Divas’, a function was organised at Mini Secretariat here today and glowing tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi and other martyrs of the country. The participants observed a two-minute silence on the occasion.

Congress activists pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his Martyrdom Day in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Tribune photo Inderjit Verma
Congress activists pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his Martyrdom Day

VC Aulakh to review research projects
Ludhiana, January 30
Accountability has hit the teaching fraternity of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) hard following the ongoing in-house review of research, teaching and extension programmes in different departments of the constituent colleges of the university.

BJYM to stall move on Jinnah memorial
Ludhiana, January 30
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today claimed that after sweeping the Assembly elections in Gujarat, the BJP was all set to repeat its performance in the ensuing elections in Himachal Pradesh.

Rain boosts crop prospects
Ludhiana, January 30
The continued spell of rain over the past few days has boosted the prospects of rabi making the local farmers and agriculturists euphoric. Farmers had been worried due to the prolonged cold weather that was threatening to damage the crop in some areas. The mild rain has raised their hopes of a good yield.

A farmer weeds out his fields in rain in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
A farmer weeds out his fields in rain in Ludhiana
20-year-old Anarkali with her calf which was born in Ludhiana Calf born to circus elephant
Ludhiana, January 30
An elephant of Jambo Circus, Anarkali, gave birth to its first calf late last night. With this, the elephant population of the circus has gone to seven. The calf is a normal and healthy. According to the circus Manager, Mr Vinod Kumar, the calf will be named after due religious rituals. Today it was vaccinated against diseases.

20-year-old Anarkali with her calf which was born in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Pradeep Tewari


Division in Ludhiana Cong
Ludhiana, January 30
Congressmen of Ludhiana continue to be at loggerheads and new alignments are taking place. There is a vertical division among leaders and infighting has become intense.

Police flayed for harassing newsmen
Ludhiana, January 30
A meeting of Ludhiana-based journalists representing various newspaper organisations today unanimously condemned the impounding of the vehicle of a scribe who had gone to cover the meeting of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) at Gurdwara Manji Sahib at Alamgir, near here, yesterday.

‘Nirmal did us all proud’
Issewal (Ludhiana),  January 30
He is the proud father of a son who laid down his life fighting for the honour of the country. Even 31 years after Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon sacrificed his life, a void remains unfilled in the life of his father, Mr Tarlochan Singh Sekhon, who is spending his twilight years in this village.

Class IV employees intensify stir
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 30
The ongoing agitation of class IV government employees in this district intensified further with two employees sitting on an indefinite fast here on Wednesday. Talking to mediapersons here today Mr Hari Chand, district president of the employees’ union, said earlier rallies were held in front of ‘tehsil’ headquarters of Sirhind, Bassi Pathana and Mandi Gobindgarh to draw attention of the government towards their demands. 

Sukhbir Badal honoured
Ludhiana, January 30
The SAD general secretary and MP, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, was today honoured by activists of the Dakha circle of the Youth Akali Dal and area residents at Rhythm Palace here this afternoon. The function was organised by the Circle in charge, Mr Darshan Singh Shivalik, and general secretary of the state unit, Mr Manpreet Singh Grewal.

Residents seek possession of flats
Ludhiana, January 30
Representatives of Government Rented Colony Welfare Association, Dugri, today met the Deputy Commissioner and handed over a memorandum to him demanding that the flats in the colony should be allotted to them on a permanent basis.

SBI Ladies Club gesture to students
Ludhiana, January 30
The local State Bank of India Ladies Club, today presented a steel almirah to School for Deaf and Dumb, Rajpura Road, Ludhiana, and distributed packets of dry fruits to children.

PFA announces office-bearers
Ludhiana, January 30
The People For Animals (PFA), Ludhiana, announced its new list of office-bearers here yesterday. Dr Sandeep Jain, president of the association, in a press statement said Mr Anurag Aggarwal would be the chief patron.



Withdraw exim form: industrialists
Ludhiana, January 30
A joint action committee of various trade and industrial associations today demanded the withdrawal of exim form that has been made compulsory by the government for all registered dealers with effect from January 13. The form, to be issued by the sales tax authorities, will have to be sent with all consignments worth over Rs 10,000.



UNESCO peace awardee to attend PAU function
Ludhiana, January 30
Mr Jagdish Gandhi, winner of UNESCO Peace Award, will be the guest of honour during the ‘International Students Conference scheduled to be held at Punjab Agricultural University from February 6 to 9.

Right on time
Right on time ! Visiting students of the Michigan State University share a light moment during an interaction with the PAU VC, Dr K S Aulakh, at the PAU on Thursday. The students are here to study regional social issues. — Photo by Pardeep Tewari.

Sewing coaching centre set up
Ludhiana, January 30
The NSS volunteers of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women launched a drive to provide chances of self-employment to people of economically and educationally backward areas.

Schools go back to  old timings  on Feb 1
Ludhiana, January 30
District Magistrate Anurag Agarwal today ordered that all schools in the district would start and close at their normal timings from February 1.
The latest order comes after revoking an earlier order making it mandatory for all schools in the district to start schools late till February 15.


CJM deputes Duty Magistrates
Ludhiana, January 30
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Arunvir Vashisht, has deputed Duty Magistrates at Khanna, Samrala, Jagraon and Ludhiana for February.
Mr Balwinder Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, will be Duty Magistrate from February 1 to 5, Mrs Anshul Berry, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 6 to 9, Mr Vashisht will do duty work on February 10, Mr Sanjay Agnihotri, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 11 to 15, Mr Ashok Kapoor, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 16 to 20, Mr D.P.Singla, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 21 to 23 and Mr R.K.Sharma, Judicial Magistrate, First Class, from February 24 to 28, will remain on duty.

Special lok adalats on February 1
Ludhiana, January 30
Special lok adalats relating to cooperative credit institutions will be organised on February 1 in Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Faridkot. The District Legal Services Authority, Ludhiana, convened a meeting to ensure the settlement of maximum cases in the lok adalat. The meeting was presided over by Mr Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge.


An actress with zest for life
Ludhiana, January 30
“Working with Harbhajan Mann in film Jee Ayaan Nu was a brilliant experience. I had earlier declined to feature in the film when I was told that I had to work with a Punjabi singer. But when I came to know that it was Harbhajan, I agreed as I knew he was a gentleman,’’ says a warm, effervescent, and lovely to look at Kimi Aggarwal, Jassi of Jee Ayaan Nu fame.


PCMSA welcomes panel on organ transplantation
Ludhiana, January 30
The Punjab Civil Medical Services Association (PCMSA) has welcomed the high-level committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary for preparing fresh guidelines concerning organ transplantation for hospitals, doctors and donors. 

Female foeticide will lead to social evils
Ahmedgarh, January 30
The Population Control Committee, Punjab, organised a seminar on crusade against female foeticide at Jain Muni Shri Bimal Chander High School Kup. Dr Puran Singh Jassic, a former Director, Health and Family Welfare Department, presided over the function.

Anti-Leprosy Day observed
Ludhiana, January 30
The District Leprosy Society observed Anti-Leprosy Day at Bhagvan Balmik Bhawan here today. Mr Anurag Aggarwal was the chief guest while Dr S.N.Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, presided over the function.


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