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2 guards found dead in clinic
Ludhiana, May 3
Two guards employed with Vijay Anand Charitable Clinic were found dead under mysterious circumstances on the clinic premises here today. Inder Kumar (50) and Satish Kumar (26) were found dead in a pool of blood in a bathroom at the diagnostic centre near the Government College for Boys.

Early sowing on as govt sleeps
Ludhiana, May 3
Even as farmers of the district have finished with the preparation of nurseries of paddy, much before the recommended time, the state government is yet to ask them to refrain from doing so.

A lush green paddy nursery which is ready to be transplanted at a village
A lush green paddy nursery which is ready to be transplanted at a village near Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph


Poor show by Ludhiana dist pupils
Ludhiana, May 3
With just 52 names from Ludhiana district appearing in the merit list of nearly 550 Class VIII students from Punjab, local students do not seem to have performed well in the middle examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board this year.

45 injured in four  accidents
Doraha, May 3
Nearly 45 persons were injured, four of them seriously, in four accidents on the GT Road and the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway this morning. Three buses, two trucks, a scooter and some cows were involved in the accidents.

BIG BANG: A bus that rammed into electric poles after hitting a truck and a shop on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

MC to plug tender loopholes
Ludhiana, May 3
In the face of a well-entrenched nexus between certain councillors and a few contractors, which has become a source of financial drain and embarrassment for the Municipal Corporation (MC), the civic administration is learnt to be in the process of revamping the tendering system to plug the loopholes and make it foolproof in all respects.


Khalsa Panchayat seeks action against Vedanti
Ludhiana, May 3
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat (SKP) has demanded action against Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti, Patna Sahib Jathedar Iqbal Singh and other Sikh personalties and ragi jathas that participated in the programme organised by Baba Daljit Singh of Gurdwara Gurjot Parkash at Chicago on the eve of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib.

BJP backs Gosain on corruption
Ludhiana, May 3
The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has extended its full support to the stand taken by the former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly, Mr Sat Pal Gosain, in exposing the existing nexus between corrupt elements in the Congress, police and anti-social elements in public.

CPM: break cop-criminal nexus
Ludhiana, May 3
The CPM has expressed concern over the alleged nexus between police, smugglers and anti-social elements. The recent revelations through VCDs showed that the police, including senior officials, was connected with anti-social elements.

Beggars need humane treatment: NGOs
Ludhiana, May 3
Some social and non-government organisations (NGOs) have demanded that the administration should address beggars’ problems in a humane manner rather than treating them like criminals. These organisations have also suggested ways and means to rehabilitate beggars and to dissuade them from begging.

Hindustanis are a minority: Javed
Ludhiana, May 3
Javed Akhtar may probably be one of the few living legends of Urdu poetry. He continues to keep alive the tradition of poetry. He has lent a classic touch to the Urdu poetry. Javed was here recently in connection with the presentation of “Tiranga”, a poetic and musical composition depicting the history and background of the national Tricolour. Javed has composed four poems on the three colours and the Ashok Chakra in the National Flag.
Javed Akhtar

BKU drive against corrupt officials
Ludhiana, May 3
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) will launch a drive to expose corrupt government officials and senior bureaucrats and make their ill-gotten wealth and other assets public.

Co-op bank staff to go on strike
Samrala, May 3
The Land Mortgage Banks Employees Union, Punjab, has decided to observe two-hour pen-down strike on May 6 and a full-day strike on May 13. This was stated by Mr Romesh Chander, vice-president of the union, here today.

Weather plays spoilsport at trade fair 
Ludhiana, May 3
Stall holders at the North India Trade and Culture Fair, which had been going on in the grounds of the Government College for Women since April 25, and is to conclude tomorrow, lost a day’s business due to a dust storm that hit the city yesterday. The dust flew in gusts forcing the artisans from different states to put their articles under wraps.


Concern over spate of  vehicle thefts
Ludhiana, May 3
A spate of thefts, especially those involving vehicles, has been reported from the posh areas of the city over the past few months. A couple of cases of car thefts have been reported from Sarabha Nagar, BRS Nagar and adjoining areas such as the neighbourhood of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).



42 participate in declamation contest
Ludhiana, May 3
Forty-two students from 21 schools of the city participated in an inter-school declamation contest organised at Nehru Sidhant Kendra here today.
The students were given a choice to speak on topics given in English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Winners of an inter-school declamation contest organised at Nehru Sidhant Kendra, Ludhiana, on Saturday. —Photo Inderjeet Verma
Winners of an inter-school declamation contest organised at Nehru Sidhant Kendra

PAU develops 2-min pasta
Ludhiana, May 3
The Department of Food Science and Technology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has developed an instant pasta that involves a cooking time of two minutes. Giving this information, Dr Savita Sharma, professor in the department, said the pasta required about two to three minutes cooking time.

Low-cal show
Ludhiana, May 3
Slim-n-Shape organised a low-calorie show at their centre in which many of their present and former clients participated. The organisers had also held a low-cal show by the interns of PAU. The judges on the occasion were Dr Subhasini Verma, a dietician from the College of Home Sciences, PAU, and Ms Poonam Bindra, a home scientist.


Paintings that celebrate psyche
Ludhiana, May 3
“Leela”, a painting exhibition by Swaranjit Savi, began today at a commercial complex for want of an art gallery in the city. The five-day exhibition is being organised by local Artists. A series of 19 paintings in this exhibition, subtitled “Celebration of Body and Beyond”, celebrate human body as an eternal song of love, an artistic world of “Leela”.
An exhibition of paintings by Swaranjit Savi that was opened in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV

An exhibition of paintings by Swaranjit Savi that was opened in Ludhiana on Saturday


Dusty weather aggravates asthma
Ludhiana, May 3
Dust haze in the region for over 24 hours has not only disrupted life but is also aggravating the condition of asthmatic patients. Medical experts have warned them to step-up their treatment, until the dust settles down. According to survey reports, up to 15 per cent of Ludhiana’s population is suffering from asthma and the wind, accompanied with particles of wheat stubble ash, had worsened the situation.

Ayurveda—victim of official apathy
Ludhiana, May 3
Ayurveda hospitals and dispensaries in the district need a stringent vigil by the authorities concerned for survival. Lack of infrastructure, lapse of grants, dilapidated buildings, callous attitude of the practitioners and apathetic attitude of the authorities have brought the Unani system of medicine a bad name.


Convincing wins for GNE
Ludhiana, May 3
Guru Nanak Engineering College ‘A’ IET, Bhaddal, scored convincing victories in basketball in the two-day Golden Jubilee M.S. Gill Memorial Invitation Tournament on the Guru Nanak Engineering College campus here today. Hosts GNE College drubbed Thapar TIET, Patiala, 68-21, while Bhaddal boys trounced Lala Lajpat Rai College, Moga, 42-29. In another match, GNE College ‘B’ routed PCTE, Bhaddal, 42-21. Eight teams are taking part in basketball.


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