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Police ‘using’ murder case to solve other cases
Ludhiana, April 16
Even though the Ludhiana police has failed to solve the over one-year-old murder case of industrialist Nirmal Jain, the case is now allegedly being used as a ploy to bring to book anti-social elements wanted in some other cases.

Might is right in land grab case
Complainants implicated in false cases
Ludhiana, April 16
Even as residents of Jagirpur village near here have been raising a hue and cry over the encroachment of panchayati land worth crores for the past several years, no headway has been made into the case. The land, a sprawling 55 acres, is of significance as it was given to the village panchayat under Indira Aawas Yojna, a national project, in 1973.

Govt insensitive, allege crash victims’ kin 
Ludhiana, April 16
Even though the Indian Air Force authorities have given compensation to the relatives of victims of MiG-23 air crash, which killed seven persons and damaged several houses at Bank Colony in Mullanpur Dakha on April 4, the state government is yet to provide them the relief.


Truckers' stir continues
Ludhiana, April 16
The indefinite strike by truckers entered the third day today with no movement of goods in the district. Mr Bhupinder Singh Pandher, president of the Punjab Goods Transport Association, said the strike was complete not only in the state but also in the entire country.

Trucks parked in Transport Nagar on the third day of the indefinite nationwide strike by truckers in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — IV
Trucks parked in Transport Nagar on the third day of the indefinite nationwide strike

5-rupee coins: you may be taken for a ride
Ludhiana, April 16
Those who receive change for the currency they give need to guard against being taken for a ride. A few smart residents here are sticking together two 50-paisa coins and passing them on as a five-rupee coin. Local banks and their officials have been trying hard to counter the fraudulent use of two 50- paisa coins as a five- rupee coin. Fifty-paise coins are almost the same in size and thickness as five-rupee coins to a non-discerning eye.

COINED: Two sides of a ‘manipulated’ coin of Rs 5 denomination, which has been prepared by gluing two 50-paise coins (left), and the original coin (right). — IV

Hosiery manufacturers begin fast
Ludhiana, April 16
With no response from the government on the issue of withdrawal of the Central excise, the hosiery manufacturers today started an indefinite fast to press for their demands. A group of manufacturers today started a fast at Chowk Saidan. The hosiery manufacturers would also stage dharnas at different market places where they would also observe fast in groups.
A group of hosiery manufacturers on a fast in protest against the levy of Central excise by the government
A group of hosiery manufacturers on a fast in protest against the levy of Central excise by the government at Chowk Saidan in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma


Independent defeats Cong candidate
Khanna, April 16
The result of the repoll at booth No 3 in Ward No 17 of Khanna Municipal Council left the congress cadre stunned as the former block president of the Khanna Congress was defeated by a margin of 98 votes by an independent candidate Dinkar Kalia (Shanti ) today.

PMCs want immediate payment of arrears
Ludhiana, April 16
The Federation of Park Management Committees (PMCs) has urged the State Government to sort out the issue of non-payment of arrears without any further delay and also to restore the previous rates for maintenance of parks in the city so that the PMCs could continue the good work and the city parks could be maintained at the desired level.

Men who help you beat the heat
Ludhiana, April 16
Temperatures this summer have shot up high in a rather short time. The mercury is almost touching 40°C and people are trying to beat the heat. The first thing they are paying attention to is to get their coolers ready. Adept workers from Chandigarh are bringing truckloads of straw cooler pads to the town . The most common sight here is the sight of people selling water cooler pads. Either they are selling readymade pads or making this with their skilful fingers. They have arranged the pads in such a way that no one can miss them.

COOL CRAFT: A skilled worker making cooler pads on a pavement in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Devotion needs no bounds
Ludhiana, April 16
“I am setting out for Patna Sahib Gurdwara tomorrow on my bicycle. This is my seventh trip to a place of pilgrimage. I have been to Hemkunt Sahib, Manji Sahib, Hazoor Sahib, Panj Thakhat before this,” said 46-year-old Mr Gurbhachan Singh. Mr Gurbhachan Singh, employed since 1987 in Budhewal Sugar Mills, takes three months off when the sugar mill closes down and goes on a pilgrimage on his bicycle.

Trucker found dead


Newly born found abandoned
Doraha, April 16
A newly born baby boy was found abandoned by the Sarpanch of Katani Kalan village near Gurdwara Katana Sahib on Tuesday morning. Mr Manjit Singh, Sarpanch, was coming out of the gurdwara when he noticed a two-day-old baby boy, wrapped in an old cloth, lying near the wall of the holy place.

Flesh trade racket busted


Sewing machine industry in bad shape
Ludhiana, April 16
Ludhiana has been a home to the sewing machine industry for over a hundred years. In fact it was 120 years ago that the city entrepreneurs started manufacturing different types of sewing machines for the entire region spreading up to Lahore now in Pakistan. Several people turned millionaires over the years. But today the hey day of this industry seem to be over.


Farmers told to delay sowing of paddy
Ludhiana, April 16
Agricultural scientists have said by resorting to early sowing, the farmers will waste precious underground water for about six weeks. If the trend continues, the subterranean water in the upper layer of soil will get depleted.


960 students get degrees
Ludhiana, April 16
The annual convocation of SDP College for Women was held here yesterday. Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister for Higher Education Punjab was the chief guest at the function. As many as 960 students were awarded degrees, including 99 in MA, 191 in BCom, 13 in BCA, eight in BBA, 634 in BA, five in PGDCA and 10 in BA (Hons).
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister of Higher Education and Language, interacts with young graduates of SDP College for Women at their convocation on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Minister of Higher Education and Language, interacts with young graduates of SDP College

PTU students to boycott re-exam
Ludhiana, April 16
Agitated by decision of Punjab Technical University(PTU) to reconduct the examination of MSc (IT) second and third semester following a case of leakage of question papers at Bathinda, hundreds of local students, taking this course through distance education programme, have decided to boycott the re-test.

World Health Day observed
Ludhiana, April 16
The Department of Extension Education (Home Science wing) of Punjab Agricultural University, in collaboration with IFFCO, organised a function to mark the World Health Day at Issewal village, near here.

Founder’s day celebrations begin at KVM
Ludhiana, April 16
The founder’s day celebrations of Kundan Vidya Mandir began today. Today’s function, a part of three-day celebrations, was for the junior students only. As many as 13 items prepared by the students of various classes were presented in the school auditorium.


Ravinder excels at PTU athletics meet

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