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Farmers losing produce to 
‘night raiders’
Mullanpur Dakha, April 29
This is one theft which the farmers are reluctant to talk about but is definitely hurting them the most. Farmers who nurture their crop with sweat and toil for six months and bring their produce to various mandis across the state are having a tough time in warding off an unlikely enemy — hordes of women who attack mounds of wheat in the wee hours and run away with a substantial produce.
Farmers narrate their tale of woes at the Mullanpur Dakha mandi, near Ludhiana Farmers narrate their tale of woes at the Mullanpur Dakha mandi, near Ludhiana, on Tuesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Farmers pin hopes on migrants’ taste buds
Ludhiana, April 29
Pinning hopes on the local paddy market created by ever-increasing population of migrant labourers in the state, which depends on rice as staple diet, farmers in the state are resorting to harvesting two crops of paddy this season.

A dancer from Rajasthan performs a rare feat by picking needles with her eyelashes
A dancer from Rajasthan performs a rare feat by picking needles with her eyelashes at a cultural function organised as part of the North India Trade and Cultural Fair at Government College for Women, Ludhiana, on Monday. — A Tribune photo

Bhangra artistes of the Malwa Sabhyacharak Bhangra Club present a programme at a craft exhibition
Bhangra artistes of the Malwa Sabhyacharak Bhangra Club present a programme at a craft exhibition on Monday evening. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

PHRC inquiry against DC, ADC
Ludhiana, April 29
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has ordered an inquiry against the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Agarwal, and the Additional Deputy Commissioner (general), Mr Rahul Bhandhari, on the complaint of Ms Asha Bhateja, who had alleged that the two officers had been harassing her husband, Mr Pradeep Bhateja. The Divisional Commissioner, Patiala, has been asked to conduct an inquiry and file the report within six weeks.

Police rebuts Gosain’s claims
Ludhiana, April 29
Despite the ongoing inquiries into the involvement of senior officers in the police pay-off scandal exposed through video tapes made by two alleged satta operators, the Ludhiana police today categorically denied the involvement of any senior officer in the alleged scandal.

Hosiery manufacturers’ stir fizzling out
Ludhiana, April 29
The month long strike by hosiery manufacturers against the imposition of central excise on knitted fabrics, garments and textile goods appears to be fizzling out as most of the units have started production albeit in a clandestine manner.

The famous Fountain Chowk is one of the landmarks of the city, but the fountain seems to have run dry. The roundabout had got its name from the fountain that used to be on in the evenings and on many occasions the day too. But for those new to the city, the Fountain Chowk has a fountain in name only.
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Ber vendors beckon commuters on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore National Highway
Ber vendors beckon commuters on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore National Highway.

Urban estate residents for better amenities
Ludhiana, April 29
Residents of Dugri Urban Estate have urged the government to create more infrastructure and provide better amenities to the residential colony, developed by the Punjab Urban Development and Planning Authority (PUDA) in the industrial hub of Punjab. Though the area stands transferred to the municipal corporation for maintenance but PUDA still retains administrative control as far as infrastructural development is concerned.

‘Parkash Utsav in Chicago’
Ludhiana, April 29
The 400th anniversary of the Parkash utsav of Guru Granth Sahib was celebrated from April 20 to April 27 at Gurdwara Gurjot Parkash Sahib, Chicago, USA. According to a faxed statement from the management of the gurdwara, eminent Sikhs like Giani Tarlochan Singh, Jathedar, Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Head Granthi of Sis Gang Sahib, Bhajan Singh Walia, General Secretary, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabandak Committee, Mr Mohinder Singh Romana, President, Patna Sahib Management Committee, Gurnam Singh Puma from California and many other Sikh scholars participated in the religious function.

Residents complain against cable operator
Ludhiana, April 29
Members of the Tagore Nagar ‘A’ Welfare Society are sore over the callous attitude of the local cable operator in not providing efficient services despite charging exorbitant monthly subscription from society members.

Cattle purchasers evade fee
Samrala, April 29
A 4 per cent fee is to be paid for every animal sold in cattle fairs held all over Punjab. It is alleged that a gang of animal purchasers operating in the region has not been paying this fee. They used to purchase animals from mandis without getting it recorded in the official books maintained by the mela officer and his staff.

End arms race in S.E. Asia: physicians
Ludhiana, April 29
The South Asian Regional Conference organised jointly by the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the Physicians for Responsibility Nepal (PSRN) at Kathmandu on April 26 has called for a complete elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, to end military build up in South Asia, stoppage of arms race and to end conflicts between the countries of the region through mutual dialogue and provision of healthcare in the spirit of Alma-Ata declaration.

LBP to contest all seats
Ludhiana, April 29
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) will contest all the seats in the panchayat elections in Punjab. According to a statement issued by Mr Sarabdeep Singh, media in charge of the party, the decision has been taken by party chief and former union minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia during a meeting of office-bearers.

Low wheat arrival at Khanna mandi
Khanna, April 29
The arrival of wheat at the Asia’s biggest market, Khanna, has been reduced by 2 lakh quintals as compared to 10,90,600 quintals till April 28, last year. Only 8,91,470 quintals of wheat has arrived till this date.


Two booked for cheating relative
Khanna, April 29
The police has booked a man and his daughter-in-law on the charge of cheating his another daughter-in-law. A case has been registered under Sections 420 and 468 of the IPC.


Educate taxpayers on VAT: CICU
Ludhiana, April 29
The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has hailed the decision of the Union Government to defer the implementation of value added tax (VAT) beyond June 1, 2003.

Shanghai cycle show postponed
Ludhiana, April 29
The spread of SARS in China has affected the holding of special cycle show in Shanghai. The show that was to be held from May 2 to 5, had to be postponed as most of the participants were reluctant to take part in the show.



Preeti wins inter-school debate
Ludhiana, April 29
An inter-school debate was organised by Vardhman Spinning and General Mills at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, here today.
Two students each from 10 schools of the city took part in the debate on “Men have failed, let women take over.”
A student receives a prize from Renuka Shahane, actress and brand ambassador of Vardhman Spinning Mills, at an inter-school debate at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph
A student receives a prize from Renuka Shahane, actress and brand ambassador of Vardhman Spinning Mills

Dr Kang nominated  to council
Ludhiana, April 29
Dr K.N.S. Kang, Dean, Management Studies of Punjab Technical University and Director of the Punjab College of Technical Education, has been nominated to the Interim Council of Distance Education Programmes of the university for revamping the performance and setting new standards for the programmes.


A musical evening by Dhvani
Ludhiana, April 29
To mark its first anniversary, Dhvani, a cultural group, organised a musical evening “Karvan” at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday. Anil Kumar, secretary of the organisation, highlighted the achievements of Dhvani at the musical evening.


Central Govt pensioners seek health cover
Ludhiana, April 29
The Government Pensioners Association has called upon the Centre to cover the Central Government pensioners under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules in areas which were not catered by the Central Government Health Scheme.


Mata Sahib Kaur Academy wins hockey tournament
Ludhiana, April 29
The Mata Sahib Kaur Academy, Jarkhar and the Chahal Club of Dhangora won their respective matches in the rural Six-a Side Hockey League Tournament which began at the Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium of Jarkhar village near here today.

Cricket trials on May 4
Ludhiana, April 29
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association will conduct trials here at the Arya College for Boys ground on May 4 at 8 am to select the probables (U-19) for the Regional Coaching Centre to be held by the association under the age is of the Punjab Cricket Association venue.

Cricket tourney


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