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SMO’s assets cross Rs 1-crore mark
Ludhiana, April 12
The assets of Dr Kanwarjit Singh Kakkar, Senior Medical Officer, Koom Kalan, one of the two doctors caught by the local Vigilance Bureau for indulging in private practice two days ago have swelled to more than Rs 1 crore in further investigation by the Bureau.

RBI orders go out of bank window
Ludhiana, April 12
More than a month after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued directives to all banks, government offices and private persons to stop stapling of currency notes, the directives are being flouted with impunity by the banks, offices and private concerns.

Cooling Heels? Cooling Heels? As the mercury soars, Tribune lensman Pradeep Tewari finds a man beating the heat in Ludhiana on Saturday.


Farmers turn to manual harvesting again
Ludhiana, April 12
The shortage of hay (toori) during the past two years has forced the farmers of the district to resort to manual harvesting of wheat instead of opting for combine harvesters. The development has proved to be a boon for migrant labourers, whose demand has increased manifold. An added benefit is that it will result in less environmental pollution since after harvesting the crop using combine harvesters, the stubble has to be set afire to clear the fields.
Manual harvesting in progress in a village near Ludhiana
Manual harvesting in progress in a village near Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph

PAU to put surplus land to commercial use
Ludhiana, April 12
The Punjab Agricultural University authorities are contemplating to generate funds by putting varsity’s surplus land, to commercial use. The said land spreads from gate No. 2 to Aggar Nagar on the Ferozepore road and has a very high market value.

Barnala to release granth on Sobha Singh
Ludhiana, April 12
The Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Surjit Singh Barnala, will release S.Sobha Singh Smriti Granth in observance of the birth centenary of Sobha Singh at the auditorium of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar here, on April 19.


BKU seeks restoration of free power, water
Ludhiana, April 12
The BKU, reacting to the proposal of the Union Government to freeze the prices of farm produce, has reiterated its demand to link prices with the price index and also to come forward with support price for the forthcoming crop without further delay.

Expert lays stress on crop diversification
Ludhiana, April 12
“The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralising and monopolising power and control. Not until diversity is made the logic of production will there be a chance for sustainability, justice and peace. 

Ms Vandana Shiva delivers a talk on sustainability, social and economic justice in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
Ms Vandana Shiva delivers a talk on sustainability, social and economic justice

MC responds to residents’ demand
Ludhiana, April 12
Swinging into action, MC officials arranged a temporary power connection to run a submersible pump in Fateh Ganj mohalla in the old city, within 24 hours of a distress call by area residents for ensuring water supply.

Of nature and human nature

Ludhiana, April 12
Historians and anthropologists, artists and scientists, believe that nature is older than all the organic organisms. The sun and the earth existed for long before the first living cell was formed.

Mann for trade via Wagah
Ludhiana, April 12
“The Congress is the main stumbling block in the way of unity between former CM Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra. After enjoying the patronage of the present regime, especially during the SGPC elections, Mr Tohra is finding it hard to shrug off the favours,” says Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) chief and MP Simranjit Singh Mann.

Body seeks Swiss asylum for hijackers
Ludhiana, April 12
The International Human Rights Organisation has urged the Switzerland Government to grant political asylum to four Sikh hijackers who have been ordered to leave Switzerland by May 8.

2 killed, 5 hurt in roof collapse


Sodomy accused held
Ludhiana, April 12
The local police today arrested Harjinder Singh, alias Jinder, an accused in a sodomy case involving a 10-year-old- boy of Janta Nagar. According to police sources the Division No 6 police had already registered a case against him under Sections 377 and 506 of the IPC for allegedly sodomising a boy on April 10.


Workshop on upgrading knitwear industry
Ludhiana, April 12
Knitwear Club and Benninger India, with support from the Ludhiana Dyeing Association (Cotton Division), Dyeing Factories Association, Ludhiana Knitters Association and Textiles Committee, organised a workshop on ‘Open Width Processing - Challenges and Solutions’ here on Friday.



PTU students’ fate hangs in balance
Ludhiana, April 12
The fate of hundreds of students of Punjab Technical University (PTU) hangs in balance with the reported decision of the university to re-conduct all exams for the second and third semesters held in March because of the “leakage” of question papers at one of the centres in Bathinda.

Aggrieved lot: Students of Punjab Technical University, whose MSc (IT) exams have been cancelled, in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Aggrieved lot: Students of Punjab Technical University whose MSc

Quality education need of hour: Johar
Ludhiana, April 12
Mr Harnam Das Johar, Education Minister, has said with the recent decision of the state government to do away with the 10 per cent annual cut in the 95 per cent grant-in-aid to government-aided private colleges and enhancement in tuition fee, the standard of higher education will be enhanced substantially.

ABVP flays hike in user charges
Ludhiana, April 12
A meeting of the district unit of the ABVP was held at its office at Samiti Kendra, Ludhiana, here yesterday. The meeting was presided over by the Ludhiana unit president, Mr Sandeep Kapoor. He condemned the decision of the Punjab Cabinet sub-committee for enhancing user charges on social and economic services.

100 student-delegates take part in Infovision
Ludhiana, April 12
The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, Ludhiana hosted a national-level students’ competition, Infovision, and a seminar on Artificial Intelligence here today. The programme was organised under the aegis of the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) students chapter of the GNIMT.

Baisakhi contests organised
Ludhiana, April 12
A function to celebrate Baisakhi was organised here by the Punjabi Sabhya Charak Academy and the Asian Club International. It was attended by students of 15 schools. Mr Jasdev Singh Jassowal, chairman, Prof Mohan Singh Foundation, inaugurated the function.

A participant gets ready to take part in a function at Punjabi Bhavan, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
A participant gets ready to take part in a function at Punjabi Bhavan, Ludhiana

Fancy dress contest
Ludhiana, April 12
The Senior Humanities Forum of Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines, organised the annual Inter House Fancy Dress Competition today with great fervour.
The show was a perfect blend of innovation, talent and creativity.


A writer with sensitivity
Ludhiana, April 12
“When nature sends forth flowers of varied colours, emanates delicious scents, beautiful rainbow, rain, varied seasons, these should be enough to intoxicate human beings? Where is the need for drugs? Life itself is so heady? These are the opening lines of one of J.B.S. Nanda’s most famous essay ‘Phoolan Apni Mehak Sambhal’.


Medical camp for industrial workers
Ludhiana, April 12
A free medical check-up camp for industrial workers was organised by Vardhman Spinning and General Mills in the Vardhman colony here today. The camp was organised to provide an opportunity to industrial workers and their families to get treatment for various ailments pertaining to eyes, nose and throat, including ECG and blood sugar tests, free of cost.


Invitation Cup


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