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Struggle brings award, not justice
Ludhiana, March 13
Even two years after she raised her voice against the evil of sexual harassment, Nisha Bhatti’s, wait for justice has not ended. Nisha Bhati, a former student of the Government Polytechnic for Women, Jalandhar, was allegedly sexually harassed by the Principal of her college and his son.
Ms Nisha Bhatti, who was declared the Brave Woman of the Year by the International Human Rights Organisation Ms Nisha Bhatti, who was declared the Brave Woman of the Year by the International Human Rights Organisation in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

No action yet in bank scam case
Khanna, March 13
Despite an inquiry conducted by four senior managers of Ludhiana Central Cooperative Bank, Khanna branch, reporting bungling of bank funds, no action has been taken so far in the case. The inquiry conducted on the directions of the state Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, had found after physical verification that the loans were advanced to firms which were non-existent.


MC spends five times more on development
Ludhiana, March 13
The cash-rich Municipal Corporation has spent a staggering amount of Rs 100 crore on various projects and development works in the city during the current financial year as against just Rs 18.45 crore approved by the MC General House for this purpose.

Kidnapping case may fall through
Ludhiana, March 13
The police has initiated the process of cancellation of a criminal case against owners of Adya Exports, a leading industrial family in the city, who were accused of kidnapping a city-based businessman, Mr Ramesh Sharma, on February 24. The businessman had returned home two days ago on his own.

Gurdev allowed to attend Budget session
Ludhiana, March 13
The District Courts, today allowed former Agriculture Minister Gurdev Badal, accused of amassing property worth crores disproportionate to his known sources of income, to participate in the Budget session of the Punjab Legislative Assembly, scheduled to start tomorrow, subject to the permission by the authorities concerned of the PGI, Chandigarh, where he is presently admitted due to some heart ailment.

Walk to PAU, show I-cards
Ludhiana, March 13
All those who go for a morning or an evening walk to Punjab Agricultural University will now have to get an identity card issued from the Estate Office. Outsiders will also have to abide by some new rules and timings set by the university authorities.

126 get degrees at convocation
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 13
As many as 126 students were awarded degrees at the 30th annual convocation-cum-prize distribution function of the Jawahar Lal Nehru Government College for Girls Mandi Gobindgarh at Tooran village, 4 km from here, on Amloh road yesterday.


1,000 cr to be spent on development projects
Ludhiana, March 13
To distribute grants for development projects among villages out of local area development funds, Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, Member Parliament, organised a mass grant distribution function of the district at Rauni village in Payal last evening.

SGPC poll not before Nov
Ludhiana, March 13
More than 57 lakh voters, including 7.52 lakh Sehajdhari Sikhs, have been registered in Punjab for the election to the general house of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee by January. In Haryana, the number of voters registered is 34 lakh, including 5 lakh Sehajdhari Sikhs.

Residents want probe into forged FIRs
Doraha, March 13
People of the Sahnewal area along with the representatives of all parties, including the Congress, the SHAD, the SAD(B), the BJP and the BSP have demanded an independent inquiry into the allegedly forged FIRs against the President of the civic body of Sahnewal.

PSEB employees sit in dharna
Doraha, March 13
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board yesterday staged dharna for two-hours at Doraha, Sahnewal, Dhamot, Jarg, Payal and Rumi subdivisions against the move to privatise electricity.

LJP rally in Delhi on March 27



Govt for incentives to industry
Ludhiana, March 13
The Punjab Government is committed to providing an “inspector-free raj” to the industry in the state. It will try to minimise its role and would act more as a facilitator of the industry in the state. It has earmarked Rs 100 crore for providing various incentives to the industry particularly in terms of special subsidy during this year. The amount is likely to be enhanced over a period of time.


Farmers cautioned against replacing poplar
Ludhiana, March 13
The Department of Forestry of Punjab Agricultural University has sounded an alert for the farmers going in for the cultivation of paulownia as a substitute to poplar in their farms.


US scientist visits PAU
Ludhiana, March 13
To review a joint project on wheat diseases, Dr Bikram Singh Gill, professor and founding director of the Wheat Genetics Resource Centre in the Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, USA, is on a visit to Punjab Agricultural University.
Dr Bikram S. Gill from Kansas State University, USA, on the first day of his visit to a wheat research farm on the campus of Punjab Agricultural University. — A Tribune photograph
Dr Bikram S. Gill from Kansas State University, USA, on the first day of his visit to a wheat research farm

Colourful show by schoolchildren
Ludhiana, March 13
Tiny tots of Children’s Valley School, Shakti Nagar, enacted a colourful show at a function held at the Guru Nanak Bhavan here today.
The programme began with Saraswati vandana. After this, the stage was set like a valley of children in which a magician took the audience on a tour and told them how various concepts of colours and numbers were taught to them in the school.


Her passion for Husain’s works
Ludhiana, March 13
Real art is said to be an imitation of life. And that is what great artists have done. But Harneet, an upcoming and promising painter, also a class tenth student of Sacred Heart Convent School, has started from imitating the art itself. And when the art has been created by no less an artist than M.F. Husain, nobody should have any doubt or questions to ask.
Harneet “records” a painting of M.F. Husain. — A Tribune photograph

Harneet "records" a painting of M.F. Husain


Rare abdominal surgery performed
Ludhiana, March 13
Deepak Hospital has claimed to have performed a landmark in Advanced Keyhole Abdominal Surgery this week whereby cancer of the rectum was successfully extirpated by video image-guided surgery through fine keyholes in the abdominal wall instead of an open surgery. The surgery was performed with the help of the latest technology namely an Ultrasound Knife (Harmonic Scalpel).

DMCH poll on March 28
Ludhiana, March 13
The crucial elections of the office-bearers of the managing society of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will be held on March 28. The elections of the office-bearers (six) and members of the governing board (12) will be held through secret ballot.


Usha Rani adjudged best athlete
Ludhiana, March 13
Usha Rani, student of Electronics and Communication Engineering (Ist year), was named the best athlete in the two-day seventh annual athletics meet of the Sat Guru Ram Singh Government Polytechnic for Women, Rishi Nagar, here today. She bagged two titles (400 m and 800 m race), while Jaspreet Kaur of IInd year emerged the fastest runner.

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