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Car dealers duping buyers
Vigilance recommends registration of case
Ludhiana, February 28
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau has unearthed a statewide scandal of lakhs in which car dealers were allegedly duping hundreds of buyers of new Maruti cars by concealing a Rs 14,000 free insurance policy per car. Some dealers had even allegedly got the amount from the buyers to give them free insurance. Such buyers were thus duped of double the amount.

Cricket fans seek God’s blessings
Ludhiana, February 28
The fans of Indian cricket team are leaving no stone unturned to ensure India’s victory against arch-rivals Pakistan tomorrow, even if it means invoking the Gods. A ‘havan’ was organised at Tapovan Ashram in Dandiswami here to seek heavenly blessings for victory in the “big-game” against Pakistan in Centurion tomorrow.

Police office has Single Window System
Ludhiana, February 28
A special Single Window System (SWS) building complex, adjoining the office of the SSP was inaugurated by Mr M.S. Bhullar, DGP, here today. The SWS has been introduced for the convenience of those visiting the district police office.


Jail Superintendent appears in court
Ludhiana, February 28
Following the directions of the court, the Vigilance Bureau served a two-day notice on the Jail Superintendent at Ludhiana, Gursharan Singh Sidhu, here today, saying that they wanted to arrest him in a case of embezzlement of government funds. Sidhu appeared in the court today as directed by the court entertaining his anticipatory-bail application.

Controversy over trust founder
Ludhiana, February 28
The 104th birth anniversary of Justice Gurnam Singh was celebrated on the campus of Guru Nanak Girls College today. Justice Gurnam Singh was the founder of the college. Justice Kuldeep Singh, a former judge of the Supreme Court, was the chief guest.

Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister, addresses the audience at the birth anniversary of late Justice Gurnam Singh on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Tej Parkash Singh, Transport Minister, addresses the audience

Duty Magistrates deputed
Ludhiana, February 28
The Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mr Arunvir Vashisht, has deputed Duty Magistrates at Khanna, Samrala, Jagraon and Ludhiana for duty work during March. Mr Balwinder Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, (First class), will work as Duty Magistrate from March 1 to 5, Mr Sanjay Agnihotri, Judicial Magistrate, (First class), from March 6 to 10, Mr Ashok Kapoor, (JMIC) from March 11 to 16, Mr R.K. Sharm, (JMIC), from March 17 to 21, Mr D.P. Singla, (JMIC) from March 22 to 26 and Mrs Anshul Berry, (JMIC) from March 27 to 31.

Shobha yatra taken out on Shivratri eve
Ludhiana, February 28
An elaborate function was organised by the Shivratri Mahotsav Committee here today on the eve of Shivratri and later a shobha yatra was taken out which passed through several busy commercial centres before concluding near chowk division no 3. Several religious bodies and traders had organised langar. The yatra was led by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Madhwashram and other prominent members of the Sant Samaj. Comprising tableaux, depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, the yatra included schoolchildren, volunteers from social and religious groups and women in large numbers.

A Shivratri-eve procession being taken out in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
A Shivratri-eve procession being taken out


Economic survey makes BKU sore
Samrala, February 28
Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, general secretary of the Bharti Kisan Union, said here today that the suggestions for freezing the MSP of wheat and paddy given in the economic survey before the Budget were anti-farmer. “Farmers have never sought any favour from the government, though it has been increasing the prices of agricultural inputs continuously,” he said.

Hike in medical allowance sought
Ludhiana, February 28
Resentment prevails among more than seven lakh Punjab Government employees, including those employed in various boards and corporations, over the failure of the state government to raise the medical allowance as promised in the Congress election manifesto released before the Punjab Assembly elections in February last.

Sack Vedanti: Khalsa Panchayat
Ludhiana, February 28
A demand that the Akal Takht head priest, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, be sacked has been raised by the Khalsa Panchayat that has also flayed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president, Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar, for making “wrong statements”.

Owner hurt in factory fire
Ludhiana, February 28
Fire broke out in a hosiery unit in Dal Bazar here today, leaving the owner injured and goods stocked in the building reduced to ashes. The fire gave a tough time to the firemen also who had to rescue 12 members of the family of the owner from the first floor of the unit.

The damage caused by fire in a hosiery unit in Ludhiana on Friday. — IV
The damage caused by fire in a hosiery unit



Doctors ‘must not’ give ethics a go by 
Ludhiana, February 28
Materialism has not left even the medical fraternity untouched. Sex determination tests, illegal organ transplants, negligence in treating patients etc are reflective of the violation of human rights and lack of ethical medical practice. At a conference on “Ethical dilemmas in modern medicine” organised at Christian Medical College and Hospital here today, Swami Agnivesh, former MP and social activist, emphasised on the need to shift from the materialistic model to a society based on ethical and spiritual values.

PCTE wins trophy
Ludhiana, February 28
Students of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE) won the overall trophy in ‘Aaftab-2003’, an inter-institutional cultural festival, held at the Punjab Institute of Management Technology, Mandi Gobindgarh, yesterday.

Women’s education on agenda: Bhattal
Ludhiana, February 28
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister, Punjab, has exhorted educational institutions to extend cooperation to the government in bringing about qualitative improvement and professionalism in women education. She was speaking at the convocation function of the Khalsa College, for Women Sidhwan Khurd, about 30 kms from here today.

Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at the annual convocation of Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal at the annual convocation of Khalsa College for Women

Seminar at PAU school
Ludhiana, February 28
To chalk out a plan for the improvement in the standard of education in government schools without any financial support, the Punjab Rural Education Promotion (PREP) Council, in collaboration with the Punjab Education Department and the Punjab School Education Board, will hold a state-level seminar at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, on March 2.



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