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Man dies due to ‘torture’ by cop
Khanna, May 11
Once again, the Khanna police is in the dock. This time for the alleged custodial death of Harpal Singh, a farmer of Bhatian village. The man was picked up, but instead of being taken to the police station, he was taken to the residence of a constable and illegally detained there for the night. He was reportedly tortured there that later resulted in his death.

Ecological concern goes up in smoke
Ecological concern goes up in smoke: Picturesque it may seem, but the smoke resulting from the burning of wheat stubble is a cause of health hazards in the region. This picture was clicked by Tribune lensman Pradeep Tewari in fields near Jagraon.


Rights panel takes up parks’ issue
Ludhiana, May 11
Acknowledging for the first time that the facility of a park or a green belt in an area was the right of a citizen, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC), has taken up the controversial issue of deplorable condition of over 400 parks in this industrial and most polluted city of Punjab.

PAU, Mozambique sign MoU
Ludhiana, May 11
The visit of a delegation of Mozambique, under the leadership of President Joaquim Alberto Chissano, to Punjab Agricultural University here culminated in an agreement in principle to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the university and its counterparts in the Republic of Mozambique.
The President of Mozambique, Mr Joaquim Alberto Chissano, on PAU campus in Ludhiana on Sunday. — IV
The President of Mozambique, Mr Joaquim Alberto Chissano, on PAU campus

Rs 1 lakh ex gratia for victims’ kin
Ludhiana, May 11
The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the families of those killed in yesterday’s fire incident in the Khud Mohalla area. Besides, the government will bear all medical expenses of the injured, currently undergoing treatment in different hospitals.
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, talks to a victim of Saturday’s fire tragedy in the Khud Mohalla area, at CMC in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
The Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, talks to a victim of Saturday’s fire tragedy in the Khud Mohalla area


THIRST AID: A boy quenches his thirst with a lemon soda at a roadside rehri as mercury sores in Ludhiana on Sunday. —A Tribune photograph

‘Withdraw water, sewerage charges hike’
Ludhiana, May 11
A joint meeting of the BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and BSP councillors and district presidents was held here today to take stock of the situation arising after the hike in water and sewerage charges by the Punjab Government.

PRTC to get 250 new buses: minister
Amloh, May 11
A sum of Rs 20 crore has been allocated in the Budget for purchasing 250 new buses for the PRTC/ Punjab Roadways. This was stated by Mr Tej Parkash Singh , Transport Minister , Punjab, while talking to mediapersons at Khanian village , 2 km from here yesterday.

Akalgarh market sitting on  a virtual tinderbox
Ludhiana, May 11
The tragic fire incident at Khud Mohalla near the Civil Hospital yesterday which took 10 lives besides leaving 85 injured has brought into focus the potential fire- prone markets of the city. Akalgarh market, in the Chaura bazar area, consisting of about 800 shops , is one such potential tinderbox. Even though it is situated right next to the Municipal Corporation and the Fire Brigade Department, the market is equipped with negligible fire fighting devices.
A scene of Akalgarh market
A scene of Akalgarh market in Ludhiana. — IV

Tobacco products’ sale on the rise
Ludhiana, May 11
No matter where you go — be it a posh area, a dirty road, a highway, or a small street — pouches of tobacco and sweetened beetle nut can be fund everywhere. Hari (name changed) from Rae Bareilly, who runs a small shop under a tree bang opposite Khalsa college for Women, sells several dozens of such pouches everyday.
ANYONE WATCHING? Such stalls selling tobacco and gutka pouches are a common sight in the city. — IV



Steel cartel blamed for price hike 
Ludhiana, May 11
The constantly rising prices of steel have become a source of worry for big and small industrial units of the city. During the past one year, there has been a consistent increase in the prices of steel in the country whereas it has fallen in the international market. The local industry has been blaming the cartel of some top steel manufacturers for this hike.



Mock entrance test by GNIMT
Ludhiana, May 11
The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT) has decided to conduct a free Mock entrance test for MBA/MCA courses on May 18. The test will be conducted on similar patterns as other universities of Punjab, especially Punjab Technical University.

Instilling spirit of faith in students
Being run in the name of Jain Acharya Shri Atam Ram Ji, it is not just Jainism that the students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School, Atam Nagar, are preached. In fact, on every day of the week, the students listen to a prayer from different religion. It is Gurbani on Mondays, bhajans from the Bhagavadgita on Tuesday, Mahavir bhajans on Wednesday, and so on, and finally ‘Eh malik tere bande hum’ on Saturdays.
Students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School, Atam Nagar, coming out of the school.
Students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School, Atam Nagar, coming out of the school

‘Win students by love and affection’
y devoting extra time and special attention to weak students, much improvement could be brought about in overall result, believes Ms Usha Jain, Principal. She said she herself had prepared a list of weak students on the basis of their performance in annual examinations, along with their phone numbers and was keeping a track on their progress shown in unit tests. She said parents of such children were called more often for counselling.

Poems by students


Saka Sarhand staged
Ludhiana, May 11
The Creative Theatre presented the first show of play Saka Sarhand on Saturday evening. The final show will be staged tonight in the Punjabi Bhavan.
The play deals with the martyrdom of two sons of Guru Gobind Singh.

A scene from the play, ‘Saka Sarhand’, that was performed at Punjabi Bhavan in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph
A scene from the play, ‘Saka Sarhand’, that was performed at Punjabi Bhavan


Scorpio XI defeats Maharaja XI by 148 runs
Ludhiana, May 11
Scorpio XI demolished Maharaja XI by 148 runs and MC XI beat Double Deckor XI by three wickets in the 8th Invitation Cricket Cup Tournament being organised by College of Agriculture of Punjab Agricultural University here today.


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