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Vacate school building, orders DDPO
Ludhiana, May 8
Taking a serious note of a Tribune report regarding the conversion of a school building into a cattle shed by some villagers at Bassian village, the District Development and Panchayat Officer (DDPO) today ordered to vacate the government school premises. An inquiry has also been ordered into the matter.

Four mentally challenged to be shifted to Amritsar
Infrastructure in Civil Hospital inadequate
Ludhiana, May 8
While the district administration is in the process of rescuing more mentally challenged persons chained somewhere in the district as a part its 10-day survey, the four rescued ones are all set to be shifted to the mental asylum in Amritsar due to a lack of proper infrastructure in local Civil Hospital for handling such cases.

‘Wonder drugs’ flood market
Claims misleading, say doctors
Ludhiana, May 8
While the administration seems to have turned a blind eye, manufacturers of several “wonder drugs” claiming sharpening of brain are targeting the students preparing for various entrance examinations.


Students in unsafe building
Ludhiana, May 8
It is a school of contrasts. While the reconstruction of the senior secondary wing of Government Model School at Dholewal Chowk is being undertaken by the Parent-Teachers’ Association (PTA) as an ultra-modern Rs 3-crore project, the students of the primary wing are studying in a three-room set, that too declared unsafe by the Public Works Department (PWD)long back. The senior secondary wing of the school is equipped with latest infrastructure and has complete staff.
Students of the primary wing of Government Model School, Dholewal Chowk, attend class
Students of the primary wing of Government Model School, Dholewal Chowk, attend class in a building declared unsafe by the PWD. — A Tribune photograph

One-year-old boy tests HIV positive
Ludhiana, May 8
A one-year-old baby boy has reportedly tested HIV positive. The case was recently reported by a private city hospital. Both the parents of the baby are also learnt to have tested positive. The father of the baby boy is a truck driver.

2 booked for cylinder misuse
Ludhiana, May 8
The Focal Point police has booked the owner of a local factory and the manager of another unit for allegedly misusing domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purposes and circulating LPG cylinders without proper documents in the area here today.


Left parties flay new taxes
Ludhiana, May 8
Four left parties — the MCPI, the CPM, the CPML and the Forward Block have condemned new taxes levied on the poor and middle class people under the policies of the WTO and liberalisation, paving the way for imperialist globalisation.

Protest against hike in water charges
Ludhiana, May 8
Residents of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar staged a dharna in protest against the hike in water and sewerage charges in front of the mini-secretariat here today. They also want the local municipal corporation to cancel the exorbitant bills of more than Rs 7,000 despatched to them.
Residents of BRS Nagar protest against the increase in water and sewerage charges in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjit Verma 
Residents of BRS Nagar protest against the increase in water and sewerage charges

Hike in sewerage, water cess flayed
Ludhiana, May 8
The Ludhiana Motor Parts manufacturers Association has condemned the hike in water and sewerage charges by the state government. Describing the decision to hike charges by 50 per cent as an anti-people measure, the association has asked the government to reconsider the decision.



Hike in steel prices ‘unjustified’
Ludhiana, May 8
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Punjab has assailed the decision of major steel plants to hike prices in the wake of fall in the prices of steel in the international market.


Fall in wheat yield hits farmers
Ludhiana, May 8
There is a considerable fall in the wheat yield this year and farmers have suffered losses on account of this.
According to Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Prof Manjit Singh Qadian, BKU leaders the fall in the wheat yield, between 25 - 30 per cent, is a matter of grave concern and has added to the losses suffered by farmers. 

Farmers’ problems discussed
Ludhiana, May 8
A meeting of the PAU Farmers’ Committee was held today to discuss problems related to the availability of seeds, protection of crops from diseases and pests, BT cotton, cultivation and marketing of produce. University scientists and extension specialists answered queries of farmers.


Fee hike: students out with begging bowls
Ludhiana, May 8
Students of Arya College, the Government College for Boys and GGN Khalsa College held a rally from Khalsa College for Women with begging bowls and went begging from shop to shop in Ghumar Mandi.

Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad beg on the streets of Ludhiana on Thursday to raise money for paying their college fees in protest against the recent fee hike. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad beg on the streets of Ludhiana on Thursday to raise money for paying their college fees

Fancy dress show for kids
Ludhiana, May 8
Students of Disneyland Nursery School and Alpine International School, Civil Lines, participated in a fancy dress competition held here today.
Attired in colourful and imaginative costumes, children of nursery, KG and class I participated enthusiastically.

Tiny tots have jungle party



Blood donation camps mark Red Cross Day
Ludhiana, May 8
World Red Cross Day was organised by the Indian Red Cross Society, Ludhiana, today by holding a blood donation camp in Red Cross Regional Blood Bank. The camp was inaugurated by Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana.

Dental camp for workers
Ludhiana, May 8
A dental care camp for industrial workers was organised by Vardhman Spinning and General Mills Limited in Vardhman Workers’ Colony, Chandigarh Road, here yesterday. The camp was organised in association with Baba Jaswant Singh Dental Hospital and Research Centre, Moti Nagar, Ludhiana.

Lobbying starts for PMC poll
Ludhiana, May 8
Lobbying has started for the election to the Punjab Medical Council (PMC), to be constituted before May 23. There are five elected members in the council for which elections would be held.


Sidhu for cricket ties with Pakistan
Ahmedgarh, May 8
“We feel like we are in a battle on border when we face Pakistan in a cricket match,” former international cricketer Navjot Sidhu said in reply to a question after a public function at the local branch of the State Bank of Patiala.


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