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Aggrieved father takes on cops, whisked away
Ludhiana, February 25
In an unusual case, a city resident today created a scene at the Jagraon over bridge by staging a dharna against a senior police official based at Chandigarh, who was allegedly pressuring and threatening him to withdraw a case against a Jagraon-based family.
Policemen take away Mr Sudarshan Kumar, an iron merchant, who sat in dharna in protest against his alleged harassment at the hands of senior police officials

Policemen take away Mr Sudarshan Kumar, an iron merchant, who sat in dharna in protest against his alleged harassment at the hands of senior police officials in Chandigarh and Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Former DPRO charge-sheeted for inflated bills
Ludhiana, February 25
Even two years after the organisation of the National Games here, a former public relation official has been charge-sheeted for allegedly committing a fraud in the expenses incurred on providing meals to journalists at the venue for the games.


Man receives bill without connection
Ludhiana, February 25
Ravinder Kumar of the local Tagore Nagar was intrigued when he received a bill from BSNL for Rs 2,021 as charges for its mobile phone connection ‘CellOne’ for which he had not applied for.

Residents resent hefty water, sewerage bills
Ludhiana, February 25
Thousands of residents of Urban Estate, Phases I and II, are sore over hefty water supply and sewerage bills sent to them by the local municipal corporation (MC) after a gap of almost two years. The residents have been asked to pay Rs 2,200 each within 15 days, failing which they will be denied the 10 per cent rebate and penal interest will be charged for further delay in payment.

Mystery shrouds MC employee’s death
Ludhiana, February 25
Mystery shrouds the death of a class IV employee of the local municipal corporation who died at hospital after complaining of chest pain today morning. Ashok Kumar (30), and resident of Chowni Mohallah had three children, including a three-day-old daughter. 

Results upset punters
Ludhiana, February 25
The unpredictable results in the World Cup cricket matches have shocked hundreds of punters. The last match between Kenya and Sri Lanka, which the former won, is learnt to have made the punters bite the dust.

The World Cup fever has reached the highest pitch. Several cinema hall owners and hotel owners have made special arrangements to show the matches. Hotel owners have taken the lead by offering discounts on delicacies. The discount increase according to wickets taken or runs scored in the match, especially if it involves India. 
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23 candidates for Payal Nagar Council poll
Doraha, February 25
Of the 50 candidates who filed their nomination papers for the Payal Nagar Council poll, scheduled to be held on March 2, a total of 23 candidates are left in the fray. While eight candidates are from the SAD, three BSP candidates have entered into an alliance with the SAD. The Congress is fighting on a total of 11 seats.

Drive to identify reasons for traffic congestion 
Ludhiana, February 25
The local traffic police has launched a drive to identify bottlenecks that lead to congestion on roads. A team of traffic police officials, led by the SP (traffic), Mr Gurdial Singh, supervised the operation of traffic at various points. Mr Gurdial Singh said the traffic police had launched a campaign to ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the city. 

A heavily congested road of Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
A heavily congested road of Ludhiana

PSERC listens to consumers’ issues
Ludhiana, January 25
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) today listened to various issues raised by consumers at a well-attended meeting in the local Bachat Bhavan.

Kalpana Chawla awards instituted
Ludhiana, February 25
The Shivratri Mahotsav Committee has instituted the Kalpana Chawla awards in the memory of India-born American astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who recently died in the Columbia crash. These awards will be given annually on the occasion of Maha Shivratri to persons who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields.


Suicide by youth



PAU’s impressive Flower Show concludes
Ludhiana, February 25
A two-day flower show organised by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, concluded here today. Contests for fresh and dry flower arrangements, cut flowers, flower ornaments, potted plants and bonsai plants were held in which many school and college students, owners of private nurseries and other government and semi-government institutions participated. 
Visitors at the final day of the Flower Show at Punjab Agricultural University
Visitors at the final day of the Flower Show at Punjab Agricultural University on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Teachers’ body poll results
Ludhiana, February 25
Prof Bhag Singh Sandhu and Prof Jaipal Singh were elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Punjab Government College Teachers Association here today. The results were declared by Returning Officer Prof Jagpal Singh and ARO Prof Harbans Singh.

Old PAU students revive memories
Ludhiana, February 25
Around 700 alumni of the College of Agriculture, Punjab Agricultural University, got together at the Pal Auditorium for their two-day annual meeting that began here today.
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and Dr Kharak Singh Mann

Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, and Dr Kharak Singh Mann at the alumni meet of the College of Agriculture in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

107 students receive prizes

Ludhiana, February 25
Harjot Kaur was adjudged the best orator in English, Deepinder Mann in Hindi and Chamanpreet Kaur in Punjabi at the annual day function of Guru Nanak International School here today. Simranpreet Singh was given the first prize for topping the school in matriculation examination conducted by the CBSE.
Award winners at the annual day of Guru Nanak International School in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Award winners at the annual day of Guru Nanak International School

School delegation meets PU VC
Ludhiana, February 25
A delegation of the Association of the Punjab School Education Board Affiliated Schools, Punjab, met the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University in connection with experience certificates countersigned by the education board for admission to B.Ed. (correspondence) and rejected by Panjab University at the convocation ceremony of IGNOU at Khanna.


Princejit hogs limelight
Ludhiana, February 25
Princejit Singh hogged the limelight in the annual sports meet of Gurjranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College here today. He won 100 m, 200 m, 400 m races and long-jump event.


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