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Brijesh is Ludhiana district topper
Ludhiana, May 23
Brijesh Takkar, a student from the medical stream of Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, has topped Ludhiana district with 94.6 per cent marks in the Class XII examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), results of which were declared today.

Flesh trade racket busted
Ludhiana, May 23
Poverty, broken-homes, sour relationships and cheating boyfriends were the factors which initiated four women into prostitution who fell into the net of the local police here yesterday evening.

Tyre market virtual death-trap
Ludhiana, May 23
The shopkeepers in the local tyre market do not mind seeking pleasure in black humour even if it concerns them only. They share a common joke that nobody will need to douse a fire in the tyre market, if it ever takes place as it will douse off, of its own within no time, but not without turning everything to ashes. Despite being aware of the dangers they live with, the shopkeepers in the tyre market situated opposite Ludhiana railway station feel that they can do little about the fire safety. 

Femme fatales

Sur Sangam fashion show today
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 23
The Punjab Sur Sangam Kala Manch will organise a cultural evening and fashion show tomorrow at Nehru Siddhant Kendra. Mr Gagreen, choreographer, informed that top models of the country, including Simran Sachdeva (Gladrags Mega Model), Shweta, Megha, Shivani Sharma, Jaspreet, Neha, Mandeep Gill, Ruby and Priyanka will sashay down the ramp. The show has been coordinated and choreographed by Jaspreet and Gagreen of Fashion Revealers, an event management company.
Potu Shah, a comedian, will regale the audience. Channel V fame anchor Madhukar Malhotra will be the compere.
Femme fatales: Participants at a fashion show strike a pose during a preliminary round in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph


Lobbying intensifies for PYC chief’s post
Ludhiana, May 23
Lobbying has intensified for the post of the Pradesh Youth Congress president after the PCC president, Mr H.S. Hanspal, reportedly submitted the list of four probable candidates to the party high command. Initially, Mr Hanspal had reportedly submitted the name of only one candidate which was obviously rejected by the high command.

Fire in Vishwakarma Colony — a day after
Ludhiana, May 23
Hundreds of migrants were thronging the relief distribution centre put up at Vishwakarma Colony by the RSS workers when this reporter visited the site of devastating fire in which several jhuggies had been gutted on Wednesday night.

Akhand path in memory of train fire victims
Ludhiana, May 23
Residents of Manj Phaguwal and 20 odd other surrounding villages, today started an Akhand Path in memory of the victims of the ‘burning train’ near the village on May 15. The bhog of the Akhand Path would be performed on May 25.

Govt pensioners demand allowances
Ludhiana, May 23
The Government Pensioners Association (GPA) has urged the Union Government to bring the Central Government pensioners residing in the non-Central Government health scheme areas under the Central Services (Medical Attendance) Rules and grant them other allowances at par with the state government pensioners.

‘Resist Akali unity moves’
Ludhiana, May 23
The Khalsa Panchayat has urged the Sikh masses to resist Akali unity moves since they basically aim at forging an alliance between two individuals who have done the most harm to the Panth.

Traffic chaos at Lajpat Rai Road

he market on the Lajpat Rai Road is the oldest market of Jagraon and is largely visited by villages because it also houses the grain market. Due to the procurement season, farmers bring their trolleys and other vehicles leading to traffic chaos. The encroachments all along the road also adds to the mess. 

Woman, youth die in accident
Ludhiana, May 23
Two persons, including a woman and a youth, were killed when a Tata Sumo they were travelling in overturned near Dholewal Chowk this morning. Two other persons travelling in the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.

Bangiya Samsad to celebrate Tagore’s anniversary


SDO held on graft charge
Ludhiana, May 23
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau today claimed to have arrested an SDO of the panchayat wing of the Zila Parishad here on charges of taking a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from a sarpanch regarding the utilisation papers of a grant already approved for the village.

2 held for assaulting photographer
Ludhiana, May 23
The Sadar police has arrested two persons after they allegedly attacked and threatened a photographer at his rented shop in Ayali Chowk on the Ferozepore road. The main suspect in the case, Gurmit Singh Ballowalia, and two of his accomplices are absconding.

2 women snatch chain, held
Ludhiana, May 23
Two women snatched a gold chain from a woman near Tajpur Chowk near Jagraon. The victim, Ms Gurmel Kaur of Khazapura (Haryana), and her husband were at Tajpur Chowk when the women later identified as Malkito of Dehdhan and Amarjit Kaur of Sadar Nabha, snatched the chain from the former.

Cop arrested


Induction furnace units cry foul
Ludhiana, May 23
Induction furnace units in the city are up in arms against the PSEB over the modified billing system for this segment of industry, which, they alleged, was discriminatory and loaded against the industry.

Yarn industry resents tax regime 
Ludhiana, May 23
The Federation of Yarn Trade and Industry has resented the tax regime of the government alleging that it was discriminatory towards the industry. The federation has said the government has not done its homework properly before introducing the new tax regime in the shape of VAT and CENVAT as it will only spell doom for the industry.

Market committee income falls
Khanna, May 23
The income of the Khanna Market Committee has decreased by Rs 74 lakh as compared to that of last year. The secretary of the committee said the main source of the committee’s income was fee collection on the arrivals of agriculture produce in the grain market.

‘Delay hitting industry’
Ludhiana, May 23
Delay in implementation of government policies is hitting the industry in Punjab badly, said Mr Rajinder Jindal, president, Engineering Exporters Association of India. In the industrial policy, the government has provided that tradable bonds will be issued to the industrial units against the subsidy which was pending for many years.

Educational games flood market
Ludhiana, May 23
With the mercury rising and the ongoing vacations for schoolchildren, the best way to keep the kids indoors is to buy them board games. Innumerable games have flooded the market. Chandan, a toy shop owner in Gur Mandi, says: “Our sales pick up in May and June when the vacations begin.

Beech wood furniture is here
Ludhiana, May 23
A new kind of furniture has made an entry in the market here. Mr Nitin Bhayana, vice-president of an interiors company, talking to Ludhiana Tribune, said the company offered a comprehensive range of furniture and was a venture between Mondragon Corporation of Spain and the Bhayana Group of India.


De-freeze wheat, paddy prices: BKU
Ludhiana, May 23
The Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has demanded de-freezing the prices of wheat and paddy since the current prices were not adequate to cover the costs of farm inputs of the farmers of the state.

70 farmers attend seminar on fish nutrition
Ludhiana, May 23
The monthly meeting of the Punjab Fish Farmers’ Club (PFFC) -cum-seminar on fish nutrition, jointly organised by the Departments of Extension Education and Zoology and Fisheries, was held at the PAU. The meet was sponsored by Godrej Agrovet Ltd.

‘Need to reduce’ cattle population
Ludhiana, May 23
The Vice-Chancellor of the PAU, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, has said the development in agriculture is being negated by the geometric progression in human and animal production. 


Another KVM teacher’s services ‘terminated’
Ludhiana, May 23
The Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) school here is once again in the news. This time one more teacher, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Nagpal, who claims to have been appointed against a permanent post for political science teacher, has become the 11th victim who has been issued marching orders after a two-month teaching stint.

ABVP flays arrests, threatens stir
Ludhiana, May 23
The Ludhiana unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has condemned the Punjab Government for yesterday’s the arrests of its activists during a peaceful rally against the fee hike. The unit president, Sandeep Kapoor, today told reporters that yesterday the Ludhiana unit activists had been going to meet the Higher Education Minister, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, regarding the fee hike.
Ludhiana ABVP unit president Sandeep Kapoor talking to newspersons on Friday. — Photo IV
Ludhiana ABVP unit president Sandeep Kapoor talking to newspersons

In-house review of departments at PAU
Ludhiana, May 23
While continuing the in-house review of the functioning of various departments of Punjab Agricultural University, review of more than five departments of the College of Agriculture has been completed and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, has set up two committees to suggest more cohesiveness and coordination among various departments.

A range of summer workshops
Ludhiana, May 23
Loaded with an array of activities ranging from music, painting, aerobics, personality development and computer education, many schools of the city are planning to start summer workshops for children.

NSS seminar on health, hygiene
Doraha, May 23
A 10-day seminar on health and hygiene is being conducted at an NSS camp being organised at the local Guru Nanak National College, from May 15.
The seminar, which was conducted in the college yesterday, was organised by the NSS in charge and 75 volunteers.


40 cases settled at lok adalat
Ludhiana, May 23
A labour lok adalat was held today under the chairmanship of Mr S.K. Aggarwal, Additional District and Sessions Judge-cum-presiding officer of the labour court, in which a number of cases pending for several years were settled.

Mr S. K. Aggarwal, Additional Sessions Judge, hearing cases during a labour lok adalat in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph
Mr S. K. Aggarwal, Additional Sessions Judge, hearing cases during a labour lok adalat


Hassanpuri pens new progressive songs
Ludhiana, May 23
“Jot nayan di jagoni hai zaroor jag te, mare na koi be kasoor jag te, ek vi ghar jina kol, ithe lakhan hi insaan, Ek bhagwan de lakh ghar ne, rahe vi ek vich na bhagwan.”


Lecture on healing mind, healthy body
Ludhiana, May 23
“Life is 10 per cent what happens to us and 90 per cent how we react to that.” These views were expressed by Dr Prem Masand, radiation oncologist, Ever healthy Hospital, Brahmkumaris, Mount Abu, Rajashtan, while delivering the 36th public health lecture, organised by the health education cell of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in collaboration with Brahmkumaris Ashram, Ludhiana, in the Dumra Auditorium last evening.

‘Be emotionally involved with mentally-challenged kids’
Ludhiana, May 23
Ek Prayaas, an institution for children with special needs, organised a seminar yesterday on the school campus. Aim of the seminar was to discuss the day-to-day problems faced by the mentally-challenged individuals and their family members, and also to inform them about the concessions and benefits provided to them by the government.

Medical camp at village
Ludhiana, May 23
A multi-speciality medical camp was organised at Raunie village, 15 km from Khanna, for the benefit of people of Raunie and the surrounding villages. The camp was organised by the Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee, Raunie, in the memory of late Mata Pratap Kaur, who had donated 25 bigas to the gurdwara.



SHO suspended
Khanna, May 23
On the directions of the State Election Commission, the SHO of Khanna city has been suspended on the charges of negligence in the polling duty in the Khanna Municipal Council elections held on April 5. However, the order of his suspension was issued by the commission on April 8. 


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