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4 top schools in vigilance net
Principals charged with seeking donations
Ludhiana, April 17
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau is all set to repeat its Punjab Public Services Commission (PPSC) ‘act’ in the city. But this time those in front of the firing line include managements of four top schools of Ludhiana, facing allegations that they were demanding money as donation through underhand means on various pretexts, including seeking building and development funds and for granting admission to kindergarten classes.

MC supervisor, cop held for graft

Ludhiana, April 17
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau today claimed to have caught red-handed an employee of the local Municipal Corporation and a Head Constable of Khanna police in different raids, while accepting bribes from customers.

Mr Kanwaljit Singh Sandhu, SSP (Vigilance), with two accused, MC supervisor Babu Lal and Head Constable Shiv Ram
Mr Kanwaljit Singh Sandhu, SSP (Vigilance), with two accused, MC supervisor Babu Lal and Head Constable Shiv Ram, who were arrested on charges of corruption in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma


Rift in District Bar to fore
Ludhiana, April 17
Expressing resentment over not calling the meeting of the general house of the District Bar Association (DBA) despite giving a requisition to the Bar President, numerous members of the DBA yesterday held a meeting of the general house under the chairmanship of Mr K.K.Jain, former president of the DBA.

Case registered in shoot-out incident
Ludhiana, April 17
A case has been registered in a shootout incident between two groups at the Bhagwan chowk area in Division No 6 in which a passer-by was injured. The incident took place at about midnight last.

Good Friday opportunity for grace

Ludhiana, April 17
Tomorrow is Good Friday. “A day that reminds everyone that no one in this world can escape sorrows and everyone has to wear a cross. While some are wearing visible crosses, most people wear invisible crosses. Jesus was crucified not only on a wooden cross but had to wear invisible crosses for he saw these for what they were — not punishments but opportunities for grace” says Father Daniel Gill of Holy Cross Church, Sarabha Nagar.

GODLY COLOURS: A chef at a local hotel paints an Easter egg for the forthcoming Easter Sunday.
— Photo Pradeep Tewari

Big or small, truckers’ strike hits all

Ludhiana, April 17
The ongoing nationwide strike by truckers seemed to have had its impact on all, with everyone from a small vegetable vendor up to big industrial houses like Nahar Group feeling the heat.

Truckers’ Tales: Two truckers gossip on GT Road on the outskirts of Ludhiana, as the truckers’ strike entered its fourth day on Thursday. —  A Tribune photograph

Truckers’ Tales

Exams claim another life
Ludhiana, April 17
Upset over her bad performance in matriculation examinations, a 17-year-old girl reportedly committed suicide by setting herself ablaze at her house in Mohar Singh Nagar this afternoon.


Stray cattle a hazard for motorists

Ludhiana, April 17
An ailing cow or an ox squats in the middle of a busy road and honking motorists desperately try to manoeuvre past the animal. This is a common scene one can witness every day in the city.

NAP TIME: Stray cattle have become a nuisance on busy roads in Ludhiana.
— Photo: Pradeep Tewari


Funds allocated for ‘model grams’
Amloh, April 17
Development work in villages declared as ‘model grams’ will begin at the end of next month. Funds have been allocated and the formalities of tenders, etc are being completed. This was stated by Mr Jasjeet Singh Randhawa, state Minister for Rural Development, while talking to mediapersons yesterday at Lakhasingh Wala, Mr Randhawa’s native village, 3 km from here.

Club suspends membership of gazetted officer
Ludhiana, April 17
A controversy of sorts has engulfed the local Sutlej Club here after the club authorities suspended from membership a gazetted officer on the ground that his security guards, who had accompanied him to the club on April 12 on the eve of Baisakhi celebrations, misbehaved with some officer-bearers of the club.

Development project launched
Ludhiana, April 17
A Congress legislator, Mr Surinder Dawar, today launched a comprehensive development project in Ward No 56 for intensive repair of MC quarters and augmentation of water supply in the area. The area councillor, Ms Malkiat Kaur, who was also present at the function, said that the project was estimated to cost Rs 12 lakh.

Ban on straw reaping operations
Ludhiana, April 17
Keeping in view the apprehensions about fire from the operation of straw reaping machines, Mr Anurag Agarwal, District Magistrate, today banned the operation of straw reaping machines in the district till April 25.

Dal Khalsa launches membership drive
Ludhiana, April 17
The Dal Khalsa today constituted its organisational body with many new faces and began its enrolment drive for primary membership of the party.


Gang of thieves busted
Ludhiana, April 17
With the arrest of Manjit Singh of Jadahan, P.S. Dehlon, Surjit Singh of Dhurkot, Tarsem Singh of Lohgarh, Harpreet Singh of Kulal Majra, Baljinder Singh, alias, Binder of Dashmesh Nagar, Patiala, Harish Chander of Bhinder Kalan and Gulzar Singh of Chughe Kalan, the police has claimed to have busted a gang of thieves who used to forge documents of vehicle and sell loaded goods at throwaway prices in other areas.


CII to hold seminar on business in Sharjah
Ludhiana, April 17
CII, as a part of its initiative in the Gulf region, is working in partnership with the Sharjah Airport International Free (SAIF) Zone and has an MoU with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To further strengthen CII- Sharjah Cooperation, CII (Northern Region ) is organising a Seminar on business opportunities in SAIF zone, Sharjah, in Ludhiana on April 21.


Punjab Agro, UB tie-up on farming
Ludhiana, April 17
Punjab Agro Foodgrains Corporation Limited (PAFC), Chandigarh, and United Breweries Limited UB, Rauni, Patiala, have joined hands during the just past rabbi season to introduce contract farming of new malting variety of barley (VJM-315).


Talent hunt held at GNPS
Ludhiana, April 17
Students of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, participated in a talent hunt contest organised by Steps, a Ludhiana-based coaching centre, here today. More than 600 students from Classes IX and X participated in the written test.

Students from Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, take part in a talent hunt contest organised in Ludhiana on Thursday.
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Students from Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, take part in a talent hunt contest organised in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Punjabi paper out of syllabus
Doraha, April 17
Students of BA-I and B.Sc (General)-I expressed their resentment today over the fact that Paper-B of Punjabi (compulsory) was largely out of syllabus and was in variance with the prescribed style in the syllabus.

Parents given tips
Ludhiana, April 17
The GRD Academy, Hambran Road, organised a lecture on ‘better parenting’ for the parents of kindergarten children here today. Giving tips to the parents, Ms Manmeet Grewal, child psychologist, said that the kids should be nurtured with love and care. 

Teachers unhappy with new posting
Samrala, April 17
With the lifting of ban on promotions of government employees by the Government of Punjab, the process of promotions in different departments is going in full swing.



Rise in breathing problems
Ludhiana, April 17
Almost half of the city’s population is estimated to be suffering from a number of respiratory problems owing to the harvesting of wheat crop, which is in the full swing in rural areas of the district. The chest departments of local hospitals are filled to the brim as the patients suffering from respiratory disorders are reporting to these hospitals.

CMC to hold CME on headache
Ludhiana, April 17
As part of golden jubilee celebrations of the introduction of MBBS courses by the Christian Medical College, the Department of Neurology will organise the first north zone continuing medical education (CME) programme on headache on April 19.


Mukul to lead dist cricket team
Ludhiana, April 17
At the conclusion of the training-cum-conditioning camp conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) here at the Arya College for Boys, the following 20 boys have been shortlisted to represent the district in the coming Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (under-15 )for Sushil Bali Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association in the state from April 19 to 29.


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