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PMT racket continues despite crackdown
Ludhiana, May 1
Claims by police officials of having busted a racket pertaining to leakage of question papers of the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) conducted by the CBSE notwithstanding, agents involved in the ‘business’ continue to approach students without any hesitation offering ‘guaranteed admission’ in exchange for a pre-determined amount.

Workers' issues highlighted on May Day
Ludhiana, May 1
Various labour outfits, political parties and employee unions observed International Labour Day in the district today.  
What does Labour Day mean to her? What does Labour Day mean to her?: A woman labourer works at a brick-kiln near Halwara on May Day unmindful of her rights as lensman Pradeep Tewari captures her on camera.


Labour Day means nothing to these workers
Ludhiana, May 1
While the entire world is talking about the rights of the workers as today is the May Day, four such workers, who had won accolades six years ago for their exemplary work of retrieving the bodies of various persons buried under several feet of sand in a local colony, are a disappointed lot.

High BSNL rates ‘scare’ subscribers
Ludhiana, May 1
The exorbitantly high tariff being charged by the BSNL on the outgoing calls to mobile phones of other service providers has provoked widespread criticism from the subscribers. A wide section of subscribers told the Ludhiana Tribune here today that the new tariff regime was ‘‘exorbitant and arbitrary’’ which should not be accepted by the subscribers.

Saluting National Flag through poetry, music
Ludhiana, May 1
Never before has the city witnessed such a galaxy of maestros ranging from the doyen of Hindustani classical singing, Pandit Jasraj, magical flute player Hari Prasad Chaurasia, tabla maestro Shaafat Ahmed Khan, fusion music player who has given mandolin the same status as Bismallah Khan has given to shehnai, U. Srinivasan, kanjira player Selva Ganesha, vocalist Durga Jasraj, poet for all seasons Javed Akhtar, tabla maestro Vijay Ghate and director of Tiranga Vikram Sharma.
Pandit Jasraj, Ms Preneet Kaur, Mr Sunil Munjal and Javed Akhtar
From left: Pandit Jasraj, Ms Preneet Kaur, Mr Sunil Munjal and Javed Akhtar at a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph.

Shattered Nisha returns medal, certificates
Ludhiana, May 1
Reality has finally dawned upon Ms Nisha Kaura, who after years of tirade against corruption has reconciled to the fact that it is money and not mere recommendations that can secure a job for her. Her complaint to the Punjab Lok Pal against irregularities in the selection of science teachers cost 100 teachers their job, but her gold medal in chemistry and a degree in education have failed to secure a job for her.


Congress colluding with criminals: BJP
Ludhiana, May 1
The open support extended by a front organisation of Congress to the district police in the wake of startling disclosures made in the video CD, recorded by alleged criminals, took another turn today with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) charging the ruling party with being hand-in-glove with anti-social elements.

Gosain tirade spurred by ‘petty politics’
Ludhiana, May 1
Several Congress leaders today criticised the senior BJP leader and former Punjab Deputy Speaker, Mr Satpal Gosain, for his campaign against the Senior Superintendent of Police. They alleged that Mr Gosain has some personal interests to serve and he was “unnecessarily dragging the district police chief into a controversy”.
Mr Surinder Dawer addresses a workers’ meeting in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma
Mr Surinder Dawer addresses a workers’ meeting

MC turns blind eye to effluent menace
Ludhiana, May 1
Effluent discharge, mixed with chemicals, metals, lime and cement, from a tool factory on Ghora Road in Ward No. 56, is causing immense damage to the main road and sewerage in the locality apart from making life of the residents of the area miserable.

Stretch of road damaged due to chemical and metal mixed effluent discharge from an industrial unit on Ghora Road in Ludhiana.
Stretch of road damaged due to chemical and metal mixed effluent discharge

Shiv Sena seeks probe
Ludhiana, May 1
The Shiv Sena (Hindustan) has sent a memorandum to the Governor demanding a probe into fleecing of parents by some school authorities. Mr Pawan Sharma, General Secretary, said the school authorities were fleecing the parents by asking them to pay for donations to get their children admitted to school.

Jeev Yatra from May 3


JE arrested for amassing wealth
Ludhiana, May 1
The local Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a Junior Engineer working with the horticulture wing of the local Municipal Corporation for amassing property disproportionate to his known source of income.

Poppy husk seized
Machhiwara, May 1
The police seized 10 bags of poppy husk from the possession of Gurcharan Singh and Bachittar of Ranwan village after conducting a raid at their house last evening. The culprits were arrested on the spot.


Hosiery manufacturers to continue stir
Ludhiana, May 1
Against expectations that the Union Government may grant them exemption or at least provide them the choice of opting for the Central excise duty, hosiery manufacturers here are a disappointed lot as the government has refused to grant any exemption or option.


Kisan melas interest Bangladesh minister: Aulakh
Ludhiana, May 1
The Bangladesh Agriculture Minister, Mr Motiur Rehman Nizami, is keen to visit Punjab Agricultural University and witness the participation of farmers in the kisan melas organised here.


LLB, export management courses on cards
Ludhiana, May 1
Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Higher Education Minister, Punjab, has announced that from the next academic session two new courses— LLB and Export Management would be started in Punjab University Extension Library. All necessary arrangements for admission and holding of the classes for these courses have been completed.

Paper not from syllabus
Ludhiana, May 1
The first-year MA and MSc (mathematics) students of SCD Government College who appeared for their annual examination conducted by Panjab University on April 29 said their question paper No. 604 was outside syllabus.


Mushaira regales senior citizens
Ludhiana, May 1
"Giregi phalak se bijli ; Mahal tera girayagi, na khush ho tu kisi muflis ka yun hi ghar jalane par, musulus ye khushi tumko bilkul na raas ayeegi; koi bhi baddua nikli agar in sard aahon se, geeregi phalak se bijlee, mahal tera jalyege”. This couplet was read out by Rajnish Verma in the presence of those residing in Swami Vivekanand Vridh Ashram in Model Town Extension. An NGO, Ek Koshish, had organised this 'mushaira' in the old- age home last evening.

An expression of artist’s intensity
Ludhiana, May 1
Leela— a painting exhibition by Swaranjit Savi will begin at Surya Kiran Building on the Mall Road here on May 3. The five-day exhibition, being organised by Media Artists, is the first such exhibition to be organised by the city-based artists in the city itself.


Heath centre reopens
Ludhiana, May 1
Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) commenced out patient medical services at Bhagwant Memorial Hospital, Narangwal, here today. The hospital was built in 1953 by the Grewal family in memory of their son Balwant Singh who died at the tender age of 15.


Ludhiana basketball teams
Ludhiana, May 1
The following have been selected to represent Ludhiana in the 54th Punjab State Junior Basketball Championship slated to be held at Amritsar from May 2 to 5, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Basketball Association:


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