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Hailstorm takes heavy toll on crops
Machhiwara, April 6
Farmers of this area have been hit hard by the recent hailstorm that damaged more than 50 per cent of the standing wheat crop in 63 villages of the Samrala subdivision. The farmers, who were praying for a few more days of sunshine before the harvesting began, are now ruing their fate and cursing the weather gods.

Parishad holds function
Artistes from Uttaranchal present a cultural programme
Artistes from Uttaranchal present a cultural programme at the annual function of the Uttaranchal Kumaon Vikas Parishad, Ludhiana, at Jamalpur on Sunday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Administration lacks crisis management unit
Ludhiana, April 6
The crash of a MIG-23 fighter aircraft in a thickly populated colony of Mullanpur Dakha in which fiver persons were killed and two seriously injured has brought to the fore the need for a crisis management unit in the district administration.

The top layer of bitumen on a road melts as mercury witnesses a rise
The top layer of bitumen on a road melts as mercury witnesses a rise in the region. — A Tribune photograph

Committee on parks to approach PHRC
Ludhiana, April 6
Fed up with making rounds of the local Municipal Corporation and writing letters to the officials concerned of the state government, the federation of 120 Park Management Committees (PMCs), covering over 400 parks in the city, has decided to approach the Punjab Human Rights Commission, besides sending a deputation to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, as a last bid to save the lungs of the city.

Hosiery traders’ protest continues
Ludhiana, April 6
While manufacturers of hosiery goods continue to suspend their work against the introduction of central excise duty on their products, some of the leaders spearheading the agitation are learnt to have already got themselves registered with the central excise commissionerate here.

2 youths commit suicide
Ludhiana, April 6
Depressed over the death of his mother, a youth allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near South City early today. Police sources said the youth had been identified as Balwinder Singh, son of Musafir Singh, a farmer Partap Singh Wala village, near Haibowal. His mother had died few months ago and he had been depressed since then.

Martyr cremated with honours
Machhiwara, April 6
The mortal remains of Havildar Gurdev Singh of 152 Sikh Regiment who had laid down his life at the Khokhri check post of Jammu and Kashmir were confined to the flames at his native village Rajewal Rajputan, near here, with full military honours today. He was killed during cross-border firing on April 2.


2003 ‘development year’ for MC
Ludhiana, April 6
After achieving the distinction of providing potable water to the entire city population, the Municipal Corporation is all set to bring about further improvement in the quality of civic amenities and fasten the pace of development during this year, which will be observed as ‘development year’ by the civic body.

Mayor inaugurates tubewell
Ludhiana, April 6
The Mayor, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, inaugurated a tubewell at Sarabha Nagar, Block: F, here today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gill announced that the Gurdwara road of Sarabha Nagar would be widened and the Dhuri line flyover would be opened next month.
Mayor Nahar Singh Gill (extreme left) with Ms Amrit Varsha Rampal, councillor of Sarabha Nagar, and other residents of the colony after inaugurating a tubewell in the area on Sunday. — IV

Mayor Nahar Singh Gill with Ms Amrit Varsha Rampal, councillor of Sarabha Nagar

Councillors promise development
Doraha, April 6
Newly elected Congress councillors today thanked local residents for giving them a chance to lead them. The councillors, including Mr Adarsh Pal Bector, Mrs Priya Sharma, Mr Jasminder Singh Jassa, Mrs Kiran Bala, Mrs Harnam Kaur, Mr Surinder Pal Sood, Mr Gurnam Singh, Mrs Raj Rani, Mr Bant Singh Daburjee and Mr Sardara Singh, also thanked the Transport Minister, Mr Tej Parkash Singh Kotli, and a former political secretary, Mr Gurmit Singh

Dal Khalsa lashes out at SGPC
Ludhiana, April 6
The Dal Khalsa today urged the Sikh electorate to be ready to replace the current SGPC members with the youth and new faces. The radical group made this call at a largely attended convention held at Kot Isse Khan, near Moga. The appeal was made following the announcement of the general elections to the house in January by the Chief Commissioner, Gurdwara Election Commission.

Rousing welcome to Birmi
Birmi, April 6
The Minister of State for Jails and Urban Development, Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi, today promised to develop his native village into a model village that would rival cities in terms of growth, progress and development. He also announced a grant of Rs 75 lakh for this purpose.

‘Induct MLA into Cabinet’
Ahmedgarh, April 6
An informal meeting of councillors of Ahmedgarh and Malerkotla was held here today. The councillors urged the Chief Minister to induct the MLA of the constituency into the Cabinet.


Head constable booked for fraud
Ludhiana, April 6
The district police has registered a case against a woman head constable on the charges of fraud and cheating by using fake certificates to take employment in the Police Department.

Tractor-trailer overturns, 2 dead



800 get degrees
Ludhiana, April 6
“All universities of Punjab will introduce new courses and whatever the lapses are in the present education system will be removed”, said Mr Harnam Das Johar, Minister of Higher Education, while speaking at the convocation of Guru Nanak Girls College, Model Town, Ludhiana, this morning.

Education system blamed for copying
Ahmedgarh, April 6
Representatives from various sections of society have blamed present education and examination system for use of unfair means by students during examinations. Prof Amarjit Singh Prag, Director of the local Shanti Tara College, said students adopted shortcuts to success, because they were allegedly not given proper education at school. 

Fete concludes
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 6
Abhinandan-2003, four-day academic-cum-cultural fete of the Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences, concluded here today.
Dr Harbans Lal, State Minister for Forests and Cooperation, was the chief guest at the concluding function. 

Preparing kids to face challenges of uncompromising world
GUPTA Model High School was founded in 1982 and from a modest beginning it has made laudable and visible progress. The founder, Surinder Gupta, was a teacher and possessed a missionary zeal to impart disciplined education. He called the school ‘a temple of education’ and had a dream to develop it to an optimum level producing high calibre, competitive and confident students who were ready to face the challenges of uncompromising world.
Students of Gupta Model High School coming out.
Students of Gupta Model Hidh School coming out

‘Teaching fraternity is becoming money minded’
fter the sudden demise of her father, the founder Principal, Surinder Gupta, Ms Simmi Gupta, the then Vice-Principal of the school, had to take over the reins of the Gupta Model High School in 1999. 


36 selected for coaching centre
Ludhiana, April 6
Thirtysix players were shortlisted after the trials held here on Saturday at the Arya College for Boys as probables (under-17) for the regional coaching centre to be set up by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association.
Players before cricket trials at the Arya College for Boys on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Players before cricket trials at the Arya College for Boys


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