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Vigilance tightens noose on schools
Evidence to expose ‘scam’ involving admn officers
Ludhiana, April 20
Sleuths of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau have been in the city, conducting investigations over the past 48 hours into ‘admission scam’ involving top city schools.

Reapers being used despite ban
Ludhiana, April 20
Despite the orders of the District Magistrate, Mr Anurag Agarwal, banning the use of straw reapers in the district, the machine is being openly used by farmers thus posing a threat of fire to the standing wheat crop.
A straw reaper in action in Miani village despite the orders of the District Magistrate A straw reaper in action in Miani village despite the orders of the District Magistrate banning its use in Ludhiana district. — A Tribune photograph


Farmers’ bodies threaten to resume stir
Ludhiana, April 20
Several farmers’ organisations have charged the state government with betraying farmers and doing a volte face on the commitment made on the pending demands of the farmers.

Sex-determination test at doorstep
Ludhiana, April 20
Where there is a will, there is a way. This seems to be true about those radiologists who were forced to abandon the practice of conducting prenatal sex-determination tests after the government crackdown. Such radiologists have found their own ways and means to continue with the tests, of course with little more efforts and care.

Hosiery manufacturers turn to God
Ludhiana, April 20
Despite having suspended their work for the past 21 days, there seems to be no encouraging response to the hosiery manufacturers from any quarter. So ultimately they have turned to God. They organised prayer meetings throughout the state propitiating God to ‘give wisdom to the government’ to withdraw the Central excise duty to be levied on hosiery and textile products.


’84 riot victims threaten self-immolation
Ludhiana, April 20
A sense of indignation and anger prevails among 1984 riot victims, staying at the local Danga Peerat Colony, over a decision of the Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) to allot the houses, in which they are living at present, to the general public. The riot victims have threatened that if they are forced to vacate these houses, they will set themselves ablaze.

Residents chill in pools as temp rises
Ludhiana, April 20
As the city’s temperature has recorded an increase in recent days, residents here have started frequenting various swimming pools to get respite from the scorching heat. Most pools are witnessing a huge rush where persons of all age groups pour in to get the cool feeling.

‘Need to reorient ex-servicemen’
Ludhiana, April 20
“The Armymen not only know how to handle guns or work in discipline, but they can also perform a whole range of works and can be of great use to the industrial sector” and “Armymen have to reorient themselves according to the needs of different jobs in the civil atmosphere”. 

Vehicular pollution worries NGO
Ludhiana, April 20
A local NGO, Resurgence India, has submitted a representation against the vehicular pollution menace in the city to the Governor. The representation was signed by nearly 1,000 residents of Ludhiana.

DCC delegation meets Sonia
Ludhiana, April 20
A delegation of the District Congress Committee (DCC) led by its president, Mr K.K. Bawa, met the Congress chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi and apprised her of the party and the government functioning in the state. The PPCC chief, Mr H.S. Hanspal, was also present at the meeting.

Govt’s attitude towards Rly pensioners decried
Ludhiana, April 20
The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Northern Railway Pensioners and Welfare Association, Ludhiana, was held at the Railway Institute here today. The meeting was presided over by Mr Sher Singh president.

Easter celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, April 20
Easter was celebrated with joy and religious fervour by members of the Calvary Church CN Ludhiana. The celebrations began with Sunrise Service at 5.30 pm followed by breakfast. The main worship service was held at 11am. The priest-in-charge Rev. Ram Lal led the service. He was assisted by Rev. A. Rogers, DN Alwin Wilson, DN Alferd G. Singh, and DN JA Rahi and Amrian Gill.

Five injured in road mishap
Ludhiana, April 20
Five persons were injured in a road accident, involving a car, a bus and a combine harvester, near Gurdwara Manji Sahib Kotan, 14 km from Khanna, today morning. The passengers of the bus and the persons travelling by the car, however, had a miraculous escape even though the vehicles were damaged in the accident.


35 bottles of liquor seized
Ludhiana, April 20
The Excise Department has seized 35 bottles of liquor from Harmail Singh, a resident of Khatran village, near Samrala, and registered a case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Punjab Excise Act against him.



Fee hike flayed
Ludhiana, April 20
The district executive committee of the CPI has condemned the decision of Punjab Government to hike tuition fees in schools.
Mr Kartar Singh Bowani, secretary, and Dr Arun Mitra, assistant secretary, said people of the state were already groaning under economic burden. This hike would deprive poor people of giving even basic education to their wards,

Lecturers await appointment letters

A school that dates back to 128 years
FOUNDED in the year 1875, the Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, situated on Cinema Road, is perhaps the oldest school of the city. The school also takes pride in nurturing Prof Mohan Singh, a well-known Punjabi poet, and Mr Sat Pal Gosain, former Deputy Speaker of Punjab.

Students of Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, Cinema Road, coming out of the school gate. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Students of Government Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, Cinema Road

‘Posts of teacher should be filled on priority basis’
EMANDING immediate filling of the posts for teacher, Mr V.P. Singh, officiating principal, said that all government schools of the district were facing a major problem. He said that many courses such as sanskrit and secretarial practices could not be taught in the school now as there were no teachers for the purpose. This ultimately results in a loss to the students, he said.

Poems by students


Bail for 15 in driving licence scam
Ludhiana, April 20
Mr Inderjit Kaushik, Additional Sessions Judge, has granted bail to the 15 accused in a District Transport Office, Ludhiana, case. Out of the 15 persons, one is working as a clerk in the DTO and others are alleged to have been playing the role of agents.



‘70 pc deliveries are still carried out by untrained midwives’
Ludhiana, April 20
A conference of the National Neonatology Forum (NNF) was organised today by the Department of Paediatrics of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Dumra Auditorium. Dr O.N. Bhakoo, former Professor and Head, Department of Paediatrics, PGI, Chandigarh, was the chief guest.


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