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Demon in man set on fire
WOMEN POWERLudhiana, March 8
Four brave women — Saru Rana, Rajni Thakur, Paramjit Kaur and Anurag Gill — of Punjab today set to fire a symbolic effigy of a male demon who subjected women to sexual harassment in different walks of life.

WOMEN POWER: An effigy representing male demon who exploited women goes up in flames in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Model on Jhansi, Indira, Kalpana 
Ludhiana, March 8
A national seminar on women’s empowerment was held today at Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, MLA, was the chief guest. Mrs Sarojini Sharda, Commissioner, MC, Jalandhar, Mrs Bhavna Garg, SDM, Ludhiana, and Dr Swaranjit Mehta were the guests of honour.


Women without men’s shadows
Ludhiana, March 8
A woman normally worries about her future till her marriage, but not any more.For some women it is better off without a man in their life sans the bonds of marriage. Winds of change have started blowing and on the International Women's Day some intrepid women have taken a decision to stay single and not enter into matrimony.

A healing touch by cops
Ludhiana, March 8
A police cell dealing with crimes against women and children, functioning since September, 2001, has made a small but significant contribution to providing relief to women facing violence. Dr Ravinder Kala, psychiatric counsellor, is helping train volunteers and policemen to handle cases of domestic violence and sexual harassment against women.

SDM orders closure of factory
Ludhiana, March 8
In a landmark judgement, which will have far-reaching effects on the increasing noise pollution in the city, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Ms Bhawna Garg, has ordered the closure of a box-making factory at Adarsh Nagar, Chandigarh Road, for causing noise pollution and “nuisance” to general public.

Four MCs go to polls today
Ludhiana, March 8
While battlelines for tomorrow’s MC elections have been drawn, the Congress is likely to have an edge over its rival, the Shiromani Akali Dal. This is despite the fact that of the four MCs which will go to the polls tomorrow, two are represented by the SAD in the Assembly. Leaders of the SAD have been apprehending that the Congress might misuse official machinery to its advantage.

Cong holds ‘pragati rally’
Ludhiana, March 8
The District Congress Committee, Urban, organised a “pragati rally” to mark the recent victory of the Congress in the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections. Mr Lal Singh, Finance Minister, Punjab, flagged off the rally comprising more than 100 vehicles and an equal number of motor cycles carrying banners on communal harmony and national integration from Rajguru Nagar here today.
The District Congress Committee,Ludhiana,president,Mr K.K.Bawa,leading a procession taken out to mark the party's victory
The District Congress Committee, Ludhiana ,president, Mr K.K.Bawa, leading a procession taken out to mark the party's victory in Himachal Pradesh.

PNDT Act: admn to book doctors flouting rules
Ludhiana, March 8
District administration officials and officials of the Health Department lashed out at some city-based doctors who were running ultrasound clinics. The administration also flayed their ‘non-cooperative attitude’.

Bank told to pay Rs 2,000 to senior citizen
Ludhiana, March 8
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the State Bank of Patiala, Miller Ganj branch, to pay compensation of Rs 2000 to a senior citizen, for causing harassment to him. The bank had paid the arrears of revised pension to its client after a lapse of more than one and half year.


Budha Nullah area residents facing health hazards
Ludhiana, March 8
Improper treatment of effluents from industries and their mingling with water meant for irrigation purposes is resulting in intake of higher contents of heavy metals among the residents of localities surrounding the Budha Nullah. The level of intake of such toxic metals in food is much higher than the maximum permissible limits fixed by the World Health Organisation and is bound to affect kidneys, liver, gastrointestinal tract, bones, pancreas and blood vessels of the residents.

Rallies, talks, slogans . . . for rights
Ludhiana, March 8
The women cell of the Punjab Bank Employees Federation, Ludhiana unit, today called upon women employers to come forward and play a more active role to strengthen unions in order to fight back the onslaught of privatisation and liberalisation.

March — a month steeped in history

istorically, certain years and months make a deep impact on people. Some dates mean a lot to a class, community or society. Festival days are awaited by all. At the individual level, too, particular dates are of significance.

Rs 50-lakh grant for war museum
Ludhiana, March 8
The hitherto neglected Maharaja Ranjit Singh War Museum on the Jalandhar road, near nere, has got a new lease of life, with the state government releasing a special grant of Rs 50 lakh for the completion of several stalled projects.

A view of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum.
A view of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

Valmiki bodies to swell membership
Ludhiana, March 8
The local units of Bhartiya Valmiki Dharam Samaj (BVDS) and Shri Guru Valmiki Sabha, Southall (England), will work together to bring more members of the community within the fold of these organisations.


Councillor arrested 
Khanna, March 8
The Khanna police today arrested a municipal councillor, Mr Mohinder Pal Jassal, after registering a case against him here. The police has registered a case against Mr Jassal under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC on a complaint lodged by Ajit Singh, a resident of Mohalla Ravidass Puri.


NIC policy for milk co-ops 
Ludhiana, March 8
The National Insurance Company Ltd (NIC), a public sector general insurance company, has come out with a policy, for milk producers’ cooperative societies. This was disclosed by Mr A.S. Namdhari, Senior Divisional Manager of the company while addressing a seminar, specially organised for the Ludhiana District Cooperative Milk Producers Union at the Verka Milk Plant here.

Printing industry sore over levies
Ludhiana, March 8
The Offset Printers Association (OPA) has decried the withdrawal of complete exemption for the first clearance, up to 3500 metric tonne, of paper and paper-board and slapping of 8 per cent excise duty on these items. This would raise prices of all packaging material and exercise books, text books and registers.


Farmers prefer horses to cows
Ludhiana, March 7
Minutes after Mr Manjit Singh Grewal received an award for the best dairy owner of Punjab at a state-level annual day function of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development, Punjab, held at Punjab Agricultural University today he declared that he had decided to quit the business and instead venture into breeding of horses.


913 students receive degrees
Ludhiana, March 8
Mr Lal Singh, Finance, Planning and Food and Civil Supplies Minister, Punjab, urged the girls to get the latest vocational education, so that they could stand on their own feet. He was addressing the students on the annual convocation of Khalsa College for Women, here today.

Students of Khalsa College for Women at their annual convocation in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photographs
Students of Khalsa College for Women at their annual convocation

Fashion show presented at Crescendo
Ludhiana, March 8
The second and final day of Crescendo saw the audience, participants and guests enjoying every moment of the mega event. Various competitions held on second day were collage making, bazaar-sell it, giddha, strategy wars, dumb charades, flower arrangement, fashion show, press conference.

Students before a fashion show on the last day of Crescendo held at GGNIMT in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph.
Students before a fashion show on the last day of Crescendo held at GGNIMT


Remand for Sunil Tangri


Kavi Darbar and honour to writers
Ludhiana, March 8
Mr Rakesh Pandey, State Minister of Printing and Stationery, inaugurated a trilingual Kavi Darbar at Punjabi Bhawan last evening. It was organised by the Language Department, Punjab. Mr Pandey lauded efforts made by the department.


Calendar of Hola Mohalla sports events
Ludhiana, March 8
On the eve of Hola Mohalla, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana Zone, will organise sports events on March 18 at five venues — Baba Ishar Singh Public School, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar; Malwa Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Model Gram; Shree Guru Singh Sabha, Urban Estate, Phase I, Dugri; Gurdwara Sukhmani Sahib, Urban Estate Phase II, Dugri; and Government Primary School, Narangwal.


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