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Contractors join issue over quarrying
Bholewal, March 17
Two groups of sand mining contractors, one of them reportedly owing allegiance to a senior Congress leader, are at loggerhead these days over the matter of quarrying in the Sutlej riverbed in two villages of Alewal and Bholewal. The controversy has once again brought to the fore allegations of illegal sand quarrying causing loss of crores to the state exchequer.
Receipts bearing Mr Jaswinder Singh’s name as contractor which are being issued to sand miners Receipts bearing Mr Jaswinder Singh’s name as contractor which are being issued to sand miners in Alewal village. — IV

Ruckus cuts short CII meeting
Ludhiana, March 17
A meeting on procedures of central excise organised by the northern chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was cut short here today due to ruckus and hooliganism. 


Holi takes on Chinese colour
Ludhiana, March 17
On Holi you must have your fill of dher saree mithai, treat yourself with special kesaria thandayee. Faces and colours have purana nata After all once a year yeh festival aata. This is the message of Holi on one of the 150 cards brought out by Archies this year. The large variety of cards in Hindi shows that the colour of Holi has become quite commercial.
Holi hai bai Holi hai: Hostellers of Government College for Women have fun with ‘gulal’ before packing their bags for holidays. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Holi hai bai Holi hai

Conviction of chemist upheld
Ludhiana, March 17
Dismissing the appeal of a chemist, convicted and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for selling spurious drugs, Mr H.S. Madan, Additional Sessions Judge, Ludhiana, today upheld the sentence of the lower court.

Scuffle over parking claims life
Ludhiana, March 17
A truck driver was killed by another trucker at Kesar Gunj chowk here today morning. The deceased, identified as Surinder Kumar, hailing from Delhi was allegedly clubbed to death by Shingara Singh, the driver of a Tata-407 truck, with an iron rod after a minor altercation over parking of trucks, the police said.


Paddy MSP: BKU threatens stir 
Samrala, March 17
Mr Balbir Singh Rajewal, general secretary, BKU, at a press conference at his residence today here, said the farmers had lifted the dharna at Patiala after an assurance by Mr Lal Singh, Finance Minister Punjab. But the farmers would continue a symbolic dharna of 5 members of BKU everyday up till April 1 to give time to the government for implementation of the BKU demands, he added.

Filters clean water for only 2 months
Ludhiana, March 17
If you believe that by installing a water filter in your home and office, you are drinking clean water, you may be wrong. On the contrary, you are probably drinking water that is even more contaminated than your tap water.

Discussion on ‘Anhoe’
Ludhiana, March 17
An analytical discussion was held by the Punjabi Novel Academy on Padma Shri Gurdial Singh’s novel “Anhoe” (non-existent) yesterday at Punjabi Bhavan. Gurdial Singh is the winner of more than two dozen awards and has written nine novels, 10 story books, three plays, and more than 10 books for children.
Members of the Punjabi Novel Academy hold a discussion
Members of the Punjabi Novel Academy hold a discussion on Gurdial Singh’s novel “Anhoe” at the Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana on Sunday. — IV

Birmi assures reforms
Sahnewal, March 17
Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Minister of State for Jails and Urban Development, was given a warm welcome by residents here yesterday. After visiting the tempo union and the grain market Mr Birmi followed by his slogan raising supporters passed through the main market. 

Website launched



Farewell to college students
Doraha, March 17
For the past four days farewell parties are being arranged by the four departments of Guru Nanak College, Doraha.
The outgoing students were wished success by Dr Ishwar Singh, president, college management committee, and Mr Jaswant Singh Gill, Principal of the college.

DMCH Principal gets extension
Ludhiana, March 17
Dr S.C. Ahuja, Principal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has been given extension for two years. Three other doctors of the hospital have also got extension.

205 students receive prizes
Ahmedgarh, March 17
More than 200 students of local Shanti Tara College were honoured at the annual prize distribution function which was presided over by Mr R.C. Paul, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Patiala. Mr Amit Gupta, Director, Sabina Group of Industries, was the chief guest.
Prof R.C. Paul (extreme left), Pro-VC of Punjabi University, Patiala, interacts with outstanding students of Shanti Tara College, Ahmedgarh, on the occasion of the annual prize distribution function on Monday. — Tribune photo
Prof R.C. Paul , Pro-VC of Punjabi University, Patiala, interacts with outstanding students of Shanti Tara College



11-day-old operated upon
Ludhiana, March 17
An 11-day-old infant with a rare deformity has been successfully operated upon at Bengali Hospital, Raikot. Elaborating, Dr A.K.Banerjee, Director of the hospital, said Sarbjeet Kaur of Halwara village delivered a female baby at the Hospital. As the baby did not have the opening for passing out stool she was passing it through her urinary tract.

Stop ear  scratching 
Ludhiana, March 17
Many people might enjoy scratching their ear, but it can be harmful to the extent of costing you the ability to hear. And many people have lost their hearing due to this reason. According to Dr Naresh Malhotra, a senior ENT consultant and former Head of Department of ENT, Christian Medical College, the urge to scratch the ear is caused by the wax that gets accumulated inside the ear.


Shun drugs for sports
Machhiwara, March 17
International wrestler Tiger Jeet Singh was given a warm welcome here when he visited the sites of healthcare charitable hospital, drug de-addiction kendra and birdh ashram being constructed by International Medical Helpline and Anti-Drugs Society, Punjab, at Charaudhi village, 4 km from here. He was accompanied by chairman of the society Jagdev Singh Jassowal, Mohinder Singh Cheema and Thekedar Ranjit Singh.


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