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Ugly scenes at Bar general house
Ludhiana, April 24
Ugly scenes, hooliganism and violence were witnessed at a meeting of the general house of the District Bar Association (DBA) held in the Bar room of the old courts complex here where the dissidence of two factions came to the fore.
Hooliganism at the general house meeting of the District Bar Association Tribune lensman manhandled

Hooliganism at the general house meeting of the District Bar Association held in Ludhiana on Thursday.

Tehelka-type expose rocks city
Ludhiana, April 24
The expose of a police-criminal nexus in Ludhiana through a video-cassette and VCDs prepared secretly by two alleged gamblers has rocked the city. 


Sarpanches rue communication gap
Ban on use of straw reapers 
Ludhiana, April 24
The orders of the District Magistrate imposing a ban on the use of straw reapers have been rendered in fructuous owing to communication gap between the farmers and the district administration.

Assets case against Inspector
Ludhiana, April 24
The Vigilance Bureau has booked Inspector Paramjit Singh, a former SHO, Sadar police station, Ludhiana, on charges of amassing huge property and wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Encroachments galore in city parks
Disbanding of cell in MC
Ludhiana, April 24
With the disbanding of the park cell in the Municipal Corporation long time ago and the park management committees (PMCs), which were entrusted with the upkeep of the parks, also going defunct, more than 500 parks in different city localities have become nobody’s baby. The scene is no better in the colonies being maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT).

Encroachment by hotel owner to be probed

‘Punjab not equipped to face SARS threat’
Ludhiana, April 24
Punjab, which boasts of the highest number of expatriates, is totally unprepared to handle severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that has a high probability of reaching the state through these non-resident Indians (NRIs). Over 10,000 persons arrive or leave the state daily and a majority of them are from Ludhiana and Jalandhar districts.

Yuvraj Dada Sutlej Club general secretary 
Ludhiana, April 24
Mr Yuvraj Dada has been named the new general secretary of Sutlej Club by the president, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner. Mr Dada replaces Mr Sunil Jain, who was suspended last week on the charges of “indiscipline and misconduct” by the president.


Akalis condemn unity move of Badal, Tohra
Ludhiana, April 24
Cutting across party lines, senior Akalis have condemned the purported unity move between the former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the SHSAD chief, Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, and said the unity should be among the entire community and not two individuals alone.

Akali leaders address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Akali leaders address mediapersons in Ludhiana

BJP flays move on casinos
Ludhiana, April 24
The BJP has condemned the move of the Punjab Government to set up casinos in the state. The state general secretary of the party, Mr Rajinder Bhandari, criticised the decision on ethical, moral, economic and social ground.

Recalling Balwant Gargi’s visit
HEN a prominent person goes from this world, he becomes the history of the land. The moments spent with him stand out like crags in the sea of time. One recalls the warm handshake with him and the cosiness of the cup of hot tea shared with him. It so happened when Balwant Gargi visited the city to deliver a lecture to the Rotarians at the Rotary Bhawan.

Much needs to be done at railway station
Ludhiana, April 24
More than 50,000 passengers alight or board trains at the Ludhiana railway station every day. At the car park only, urinals emit a terrible stench. Truck, tempo and taxi operators’ unions are providing cold water from 7 am to 7 pm at the entrance to quench the thirst of people.

Dalits protest against remarks on Mayawati
Ludhiana, April 24
Taking strong exception to derogatory remarks made by Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr Amar Singh, against Ms Mayawati during their visit to the city on April 14, activists of several Dalit organisations today held a demonstration against the SP leaders, demanding stern action for defaming a Dalit woman Chief Minister.
Activists of various Dalit organisations hold a demonstration against Samajwadi Party leaders for their remarks against Mayawati in Ludhiana on Thursday. — IV 
Activists of various Dalit organisations hold a demonstration against Samajwadi Party leaders

Pensioners hail DA release
Ludhiana, April 24
The Government Pensioners Association has welcomed the release of three per cent additional dearness allowance from January by the Punjab Government for its employees and pensioners.



CII explores business prospects in Sharjah
Ludhiana, April 24
Recognising challenges faced by private enterprises, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-Zone) has been set up to promote and enhance business in an atmosphere free of regulations and red-tape. Perfectly positioned, accessible through both the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean and the unbeatable logistical advantage of the ‘Sharjah Link’ makes the SAIF-Zone an ideal business hub.

Vardhman clarifies stand on excise duty
Ludhiana, April 24
Vardhman Spinning and General Mills today clarified that Mr S.P. Oswal, Chairman, Vardhman Group of Industries, and his organisation had no role in imposing the Central excise duty on textile products as alleged by certain knitters and garment manufacturers.

Frequent steel price hike irks industry
Ludhiana, April 24
Mr Inderjit Singh Pardhan and Mr Avtar Singh, president and general secretary of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), respectively, have condemned the alleged indifference of the Union Steel Ministry over the ‘frequent and arbitrary hike’ in the prices of iron and steel products, including HR coils and CR coils, MS round and sheets, during the past one year.



Plan to make education job-oriented
Ludhiana, April 24
The Punjab Government is giving a serious thought to making education in the state job-oriented.
A review committee of the state government is studying courses taught in international universities with a view to adapting them to the domestic educational institutions.

Medical Council for single entrance test
Ludhiana, April 24
The general body of the Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to recommend to the Union Health Ministry to organise single entrance test at the national level for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various medical colleges.

Orientation programme in school
Ludhiana, April 24
The Delhi Retreat Team is organising a week-long orientation programme for teachers and students of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar.

Mr Mathew, Coordinator of the Delhi Retreat Team, interacts with students during an orientation programme at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana, on Thursday. — IV

Mr Mathew, Coordinator of the Delhi Retreat Team, interacts with students during an orientation programme at Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School

Painting contest today
Ludhiana, April 24
To encourage the skill in art among schoolchildren, Ms Bably S.Singh, an artist, will organise an inter-school on-the-spot painting contest at Malwa Senior Secondary School, Model Gram, here tomorrow.




Drug to reduce wrinkles
Ludhiana, April 24
Dr Vandana Chatrath, a dermatologist from New Delhi, addressed women at a Coffee Morning arranged at Hotel Majestic Park Plaza here. She spoke about the use of Botox drug. “Botox offers a simple, non-surgical procedure that can reduce wrinkles within days,” she said.


Jalandhar gain lead
Ludhiana, April 24
An unbeaten century by Pawan Sarang (104 not out) helped Jalandhar to surpass Ludhiana’s first innings’ total on the second day of their match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Championship (under 15 category) for the Sushil Bali Trophy being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the Burlton Park Ground, Jalandhar, today.


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