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Security beefed up at railway station
Ludhiana, March 15
Following a bomb blast in a local train in Mumbai and the recovery of six crude bombs from the New Delhi railway station, security has been beefed up at the local railway station and around the tracks in the region.

Traders protest against VAT
Ludhiana, March 15
Hundreds of hosiery and textile dealers, including manufacturers and traders, today held a demonstration against the implementation of VAT (value added tax) and the Central excise in the state. Most hosiery markets, including Dal Bazar, Hindi Bazar, Bajwa Nagar and others, observed complete bandh today.
Striking traders while away their time playing cricket as Ludhiana hosiery markets remained closed in protest against the introduction of VAT Striking traders while away their time playing cricket as Ludhiana hosiery markets remained closed in protest against the introduction of VAT on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


PHRC summons PFA, MC authorities
Ludhiana, March 15
Taking up a petition against the roadside meat shops filed by the local chapter of the People For Animals, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission(PHRC) has summoned officials concerned of the local Municipal Corporation and the PFA for hearing the matter in person.

Court stays orders on Gurdev
Ludhiana, March 15
The Special Judge, Ludhiana, Mr Inderjit Kaushik, has stayed the implementation of previous orders vide which a former Agriculture Minister, Mr Gurdev Badal, accused of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, was allowed to participate in the Budget session of the Punjab Assembly. The judge has stayed the previous orders till March 20.

Life term for killing wife
Ludhiana, March 15
Mr Baldev Singh, Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, has sentenced Nirmal Singh of Ram Nagar, Dholewal, to rigorous life imprisonment for killing his wife by inflicting ‘toka’ blows on September 30, 1999, on the railway lines, near Lakkar Bridge. The accused used to suspect his wife of infidelity.

Tohra to appear at Akal Takht


New transport system for city recommended
Ludhiana, March 15
With a population of around 20 lakh and almost four lakh vehicles plying on the city roads, coupled with phenomenal growth foreseen in the future, a rail-based mass transport system seems to be the only viable alternative to meet the increasing long-term needs of the city population over a period of next 20 years.

Liquor barons take a leaf out of politicians’ book
Ludhiana, March 15
While politics is said to make strange bedfellows, liquor trade seems to make stranger. That is precisely what happened during the auction of liquor vends here yesterday. Leading liquor contractors did not take much time to cross the fence, leaving their associates in the lurch. Interestingly, Mr Man Singh Garcha, who dominated the liquor trade during the time of Mr Parkash Singh Badal was not seen anywhere yesterday.
Liquor barons Ponty Chadha and Amrik Singh Dhillon
Liquor barons Ponty Chadha and Amrik Singh Dhillon (also a Congress legislator from Samrala) wait at the Circuit House during negotiations for allotment of liquor vends in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Faith cured him of cancer
Ludhiana, March 15
Do you believe in miracles? If not, meet 60-year-old Vasu Bhardwaj, who was suffering from bone cancer two years ago and doctors had shown their helplessness to cure him. Today he is a fit man. There is no sign of malignancy in his body. Various tests to detect cancer have proved this point.

Consumers unaware of rights
Ludhiana, March 15
Has consumerism come of age? Are consumers aware of their rights and responsibilities? It does not seem to be the case as Ludhiana Tribune found out that a majority of them did not know about the rights guaranteed to them against unfair trade practices adopted by sellers.

The spirit of progress
Ludhiana, March 15
Riches or poverty are not destined. Man makes, some others break. The secret of progress lies in imaginative planning, seeking of material means. Also, continuing the process of dreaming and raising.


Tantrik caught by residents
Ludhiana, March 15
Residents of the Shiv Puri area, along with a councillor, caught an alleged tantrik from the colony late last night. The tantrik allegedly used to blackmail shopkeepers, claiming that he was close to several councillors and bureaucrats in the city. Visiting cards of some of these persons were found from his possession.

Doctor held on graft charge



Johar gets rousing welcome
Ludhiana, March 15
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, the newly appointed Minister for Higher Education, was today accorded a rousing reception on his arrival in Ludhiana, after assuming charge as a minister. He said that with a view to enhancing the standard of education in all universities and colleges of the state to international levels, the required infrastructure and latest technology would be provided.

Hobby classes for children
Ludhiana, March 15
An idle man's brain is a devil’s workshop. This is probably what most parents seem to believe. Trying to channel energy of their kids to some creative pursuit in this pre-session break in schools, many parents are sending them to hobby classes.

Kids enjoy Holi-day
Ludhiana, March 15
As many as 100 tiny tots of Sky Way Pre-Nursery School, Club Road, enjoyed Holi here today.
On the occasion, kids filled water guns and threw coloured water on one another. Their innocent faces covered with ‘gulal’ radiated with excitement and fun. The kids danced and jumped around in a spirit of merry-making.
Kids of Sky Way Pre-Nursery School, Club Road, celebrate Holi on Saturday. — Photo Inderjit Verma 
Kids of Sky Way Pre-Nursery School, Club Road, celebrate Holi



Doctors sit in dharna
Ludhiana, March 15
In response to a call given by the Punjab Civil Medical Services Association against the alleged harassment of Dr S.K. Sharma by the Vigilance Department, all doctors and paramedical staff of the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, abstained from work today. The doctors, along with the paramedical staff, sat in dharna on the hospital premises and held a protest rally.

Surgeons’ conference begins
Ludhiana, March 15
The 23rd annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (Northern Chapter) —NC-ASICON, 2K3—was inaugurated at Pal Auditorium, Punjab Agricultural University, here last evening by Mr Ashwani Sekhri, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare. 
Delegates attend the inaugural session of the 23rd annual conference of the Association of Surgeons of India (northern chapter) at the Pal Auditorium in Ludhiana on Friday evening. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Association of Surgeons of India  at the Pal Auditorium

Dental camp held
Ludhiana, March 15
A dental camp was organised at Ek Prayas on Thursday by doctors of Christian Dental College, Ludhiana. The team of doctors was headed by Dr J.L. Joshi, Principal of the college.


Giant wrestler to campaign against drugs
Ludhiana, March 15
Famous free-style wrestler, Tiger Jeet Singh, has taken up a campaign against drugs. Tall, well-built, Jeet Singh, 6’-4” with a number of titles in his kitty such as the Asian Super Heavyweight, the Universal Wrestling Association Heavyweight and the World Martial Wrestling Championship has chalked out a comprehensive plan to create awareness among the Indian youth about the menace of drugs.
A young fan with wrestler Tiger Jeet Singh in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma 
A young fan with wrestler Tiger Jeet Singh

Athletics meet of college
Ludhiana, March 15
Bhupinder Kaur and Maninder Kaur emerged winners in 100 m sprint and hurdle events, respectively, in the annual athletics meet of the DD Jain College of Education here yesterday.


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