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Probe ordered into DMC employee’s torture
Ludhiana, April 21
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) has ordered magisterial inquiry into the six-month-old case of alleged illegal confinement and torture of a DMC employee by the district police.

Farmers start sowing paddy, threaten water table
Ludhiana, April 21
Contrary to the advice of the state government and agricultural experts of Punjab Agricultural University against the early sowing paddy to ease pressure on natural resources, the farmers of the district have already started cultivating paddy nurseries, caring two hoots for the recommendations.
A farmer points to a paddy nursery cultivated by him at Mohi village in Ludhiana A farmer points to a paddy nursery cultivated by him at Mohi village in Ludhiana district on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


VB grants more time to school
Ludhiana, April 21
The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has accepted the request of a city school for giving it more time to submit its record pertaining to admissions to LKG during the past 10 years. While Sacred Heart Convent School (Sarabha Nagar) has sought more time, Guru Nanak Public School has submitted its record to the investigating officer, it is learnt.

Sutlej Club general secretary suspended
Ludhiana, April 21
Controversy and Sutlej Club have almost become synonymous for residents of Ludhiana, with this five star club running into unsavoury situation more often than one would expect. While the recent heat generated over the dissensions with regard to differences in the Executive Committee is far from over, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, who is also the president of the club, has unceremoniously suspended the club’s general secretary, Mr Sunil Jain.

Gold biscuits found from doc’s locker
Ludhiana, April 21
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau today found as many as 70 tolas of gold jewellery, including foreign-made six gold biscuits and some diamond jewellery from one of the two lockers in Punjab and Sind Bank owned by Dr Amarjit Singh, who was caught for indulging in private practice last week.

Traffic chaos in city
Ludhiana, April 21
Traffic flow remained suspended near the Old Courts chowk this morning owing to the painting of zebra crossing and stopline. Traffic was also blocked at the Bharat Nagar chowk as the recarpeting of road was in progress. Despite the fact that the Old Courts chowk is the busiest area in the morning, the painting work was taken up at this time only.
Traffic chaos near Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Traffic chaos near Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana

Rash driving by youth costs girl her toe
Ludhiana, April 21
In a bizarre incident, a car ran over the foot of a two-and-half-year old girl. She is undergoing treatment at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) where a surgery had to be done on her toe.


Cong rally for hosiery manufacturers
Ludhiana, April 21
A number of Congress workers today took out a scooter rally in support of hosiery manufacturers who have been on strike for the past 22 days demanding the withdrawal of the Central excise on hosiery and textile products. The rally led by the district president of the party, Mr K.K.Bawa, passed through different areas of the city.
Congress workers hold a rally in support of striking hosiery manufacturers in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Congress workers hold a rally in support of striking hosiery manufacturers

Is hosiery stir getting politicised?
Ludhiana, April 21
The hosiery manufacturers’ strike appears to be assuming political overtones with some of the leaders trying to draw parallels between efforts made by the Congress Government in the state and a former Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal.

PHRC directive to MC on development work
Ludhiana, April 21
The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has issued directions to the Municipal Corporation to ensure that the level of street No 7 in the New Simla Puri locality on the Gill Road in the city where resurfacing work was being undertaken, was kept at a proper level so that the accumulated rainwater might not enter the houses and create problems for the residents.

Rajrani chief of Doraha council
Doraha, April 21
Ms Rajrani was unanimously elected president of the Doraha Municipal Council, while Mr Bant Singh Daburjee and Mr Sardara Singh were elected senior vice-president and vice-president, respectively, in an election held here today.

Sant Ram is Khanna MC president
Khanna, April 21
Mr Sant Ram was elected president of the local Municipal Council at a meeting held at municipal town hall today under the chairmanship of the Sub-divisional Magistrate, Mr Jaspal Mittal. Earlier, all 27 newly elected councillors took oath.

PSEB employees to step up agitation
Ludhiana, April 21
As part of their ongoing agitation against privatisation, all major unions of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees will burn effigies of the management till April 23 and hold zonal-level protest demonstrations at Patiala on April 28, 29 and May 2 which will be followed by two days strike on May 6 and 7.

Indians caring, says French model
Ludhiana, April 21
French model Andrea holds India and Indians in high esteem. She believes that the country possesses varied rich cultures which make it unique. Though it is her first visit to the country, she finds Indians to be warm-hearted, caring and affectionate.


35 booked for attack on excise team
Ludhiana, April 21
The district police has registered a case against 35 persons regarding attack by a mob on a team of the local Excise and Taxation Department yesterday. These persons have been booked under Sections 186,148, 149 and 353 of the IPC on a complaint lodged by Mr Balkar Singh, ETO of District Ludhiana-3. 



School ‘eco-brigades’  come a cropper
Ludhiana, April 21
The National Green Corps Project launched by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, last year with much fanfare in 100 government schools of the district has failed to make any significant stride. Lack of initiative on the part of teachers, in charge of the clubs, and insufficient resources with the schools seem to be the major factors of the problem.

‘Think before taking admission to foreign varsities’
Ludhiana, April 21
“These days a trend amongst the youth is to enrol themselves in a foreign university by paying huge fees. But they don’t realise that the things appear to be simple but it is otherwise not genuine”.

Tiny tots enjoy pool party
Ludhiana, April 21
To celebrate the inauguration of three splash pools at Chanda Mama, a new play-way school here, a picnic and pool party was organised today.
While some kids simply enjoyed different types of water sprays, others were thrilled to walk over the bridges connecting the pools.

Kids enjoy a splash at a picnic and pool party held in Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph
Kids enjoy a splash at a picnic and pool party held in Ludhiana

Narrow escape for students



Seminar on SARS cure through acupuncture
Ludhiana, April 21
Killer Pneumonia - SARS can be treated with acupuncture therapy a traditional method of treatment. These views were expressed by Dr R.K.Tuli, Head, Acupuncture Department, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, at a seminar organised by the Punjab branch of the Acupuncture Association of India here yesterday.


Amritsar score innings victory
Ludhiana, April 21
After the three-day match played between Ludhiana and Amritsar in the current Punjab State Inter- District Cricket Championship (under 15) for the Sushil Bali Trophy at the Gandhi ground today, Amritsar ran into controversy with the manager-cum-coach of the Ludhiana team, Mr Dharam Paul, lodging a complaint that Amritsar had played three overage players in the match.


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