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Panchayats rally behind jail scam accused
Ludhiana, March 12
The food-medicines scandal in Central Jail today took a new turn when panchayats of seven villages along with representatives of some outer colonies came out in open support of a doctor, who is at present serving at one of the villages, and is a co-accused in the alleged corruption case.

Amendment to Rent Act sought
Ludhiana, March 12
The Punjab House Owners Association has urged the state government to amend the East Punjab Urban Rent Restriction Act, 1949, in the coming Budget session on the pattern of the Chandigarh Administration. The Supreme Court has suggested the Punjab Government to revamp the act.

Rollback in urea prices hailed
Ludhiana, March 12
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Kisan Morcha today hailed the rollback in prices of fertilisers and expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Union Finance Minister, Mr Jaswant Singh, for several other concessions like cut in interest rates on agricultural loans and lowering of interest on loans and advances to the government employees.


‘Roll back hike in pesticide prices’

Dowry devours another life
Ludhiana, March 12
A family of Patran town has been accused of bride burning. According to Mr Ruldu Ram, his niece, Upma, was married to Sanjeev Kumar of Patran in 1995. A handsome dowry was given to the bridge, but in-laws of the girl started harassing her for more dowry. Because Upma’s mother had earlier been killed by her in-laws, she had been living with family of her maternal uncle.

Remove Vedanti, says Khalsa Panchayat
Ludhiana, March 12
The Khalsa Panchayat has reiterated its demand for the removal of Akal Takht head priest Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti for his acts of omission and commission, and appointment of a new impartial ‘jathedar’ in his place to end the resentment and confusion prevailing among Sikh masses.

Students get degrees
Ludhiana, March 12
Graduate and postgraduate students of Ramgarhia Girls’ College and GGN Khalsa College were awarded degrees at the annual convocations held here today.
At Ramgarhia Girls’ College, 189 students were awarded degrees. These included 93 students from BCom, 51 from BCA, 12 from BBA, 13 from MA (music) and 20 from BA (English) and Punjabi (honours). Besides, 32 students from the college were given college colours and merit certificates.
Are you sure degrees will fetch dough? Jubilant students of Ramgarhia Girls’ College after receiving their degrees
Are you sure degrees will fetch dough? One seems to ask other postgraduates of Gujarkhan Guru Nanak Khalsa College after the convocation in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari Jubilant students of Ramgarhia Girls’ College after receiving their degrees at the annual convocation in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma 


‘Check illegal cable tariff hike’
Ludhiana, March 12
The president of the district unit of the National Consumers Awareness Group, Mr M.P. Singh Gogia, the Anti-Corruption Council of India’s secretary-general Dr Shiv Gupta, the Urban Estates and Welfare Association (Punjab) president, Mr Kirpal Singh Kalra, the Lal Bahadur Shashtri Social Forum president, Mr Sushil Malhotra, have jointly appealed to the Director of the Vigilance Bureau (Punjab) and the Deputy Commissioner to take effective steps against the illegal and unjustified increase in the monthly charges by cable operators, who have been compelling residents to pay Rs 350 per month whereas it was only a mere Rs 100 during 2000.

Monopoly of cable operators

he residents of Kitchlu Nagar are being harassed and fleeced by cable operators, who are charging them arbitrarily for the service. They snap the connections of those who do not pay subscription in time.
  • Poor sanitation
  • Drug addiction
  • Corruption in MC
  • Mobile dispensaries
  • Change in policy

Residents seek traffic lights
Ludhiana, March 12
Residents of localities along the GT Road (National Highway) near Karabara Chowk have urged the Municipal Corporation to install traffic lights on Karabara intersection in the wake of frequent road accidents on the busy stretch which has a high volume of vehicular traffic.



Hotel association submits memorandum
Ludhiana, March 12
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab has submitted a memorandum to the government reiterating with regard its demands to charging industrial tariff of electricity instead of the commercial tariff, releasing of the new tourism policy, charging house tax on actual rent of the rooms and not on tariff inclusive of all facilities and amenities, tax holiday for 5 years for all new hotels and resorts and opening of a tourism office at the international Airport, New Delhi.


Farmers have a ‘field day’
Ludhiana, March 12
Contract farming has evoked a good response from farmers of the district, with farmers sowing sunflower in 3,100 acres, hyola mustard in 1,480 acres, winter maize in 380 acres and spring maize in 165 acres.


PAU students to be sent to US varsity
Ludhiana, March 12
Undergraduate students from the College of Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University, will be sent to San Jose State University, California, for further studies and research programmes.

Dr Sigurd Meldal and Dr Mark Novak discuss steps for international linkage of Punjab Agricultural University with San Jose State University, California. Also seen in the picture are Mr Jessie Singh, Dr H.S. Sekhon and Dr K.S. Aulakh. — A Tribune photo
Dr Sigurd Meldal and Dr Mark Novak discuss steps for international linkage of Punjab Agricultural University

Astha adjudged best dancer
Ludhiana, March 12
Ectopia 03, the three-day cultural bonanza of undergraduate medical students of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital entered into its second day with all five batches facing tough competitions from each other. Till this afternoon, ‘batch 2000’ was ahead of all other batches by scoring 68 points. ‘batch 1999’ and ‘batch 2002’ were second in the lead by scoring 58 points each.


Harpreet wins three titles
Ludhiana, March 12
Harpreet Kaur, a student of (ECE) second year took centrestage winning three events on the first day of the seventh Annual Athletics Meet of the Satguru Ram Singh Government Polytechnic for Women, Rishi Nagar, here today.

  • Sports festival


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