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PAU warning goes unheard, paddy transplant in full swing
Ludhiana, May 31
Despite various warnings by Punjab Agricultural University to transplant the paddy crop after June 10, in favour of conservation of underground water, the farmers, throwing caution to the winds, have gone ahead with the practice much before of the recommended time.
This should have been done after June 10 This should have been done after June 10: Labourers transplant paddy much in advance at Nangal village in Ludhiana district on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

NRI accuses Gosain of extortion
Ludhiana, May 31
A Germany-based non-resident Indian (NRI), Mr V.S. Bhogal, accused senior BJP leader and former Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain today of extorting Rs 55 lakh from him in 2001.


Residents watch solar eclipse through photographic negatives
Residents watch solar eclipse through photographic negatives in Ludhiana on Saturday.— Photo Pradeep Tewari

Has DMCH Principal resigned?
Ludhiana, May 31
Discontentment and anxiety prevails among senior faculty members at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here, where rumours are agog regarding Dr S.C. Ahuja, Principal, DMCH, having resigned. 

Cable operators elated at CBI probe
Ludhiana, May 31
The High Court orders for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the alleged misdeeds of “cable mafia”, particularly the sexual exploitation angle of the scam in Amritsar, have created a sense of exultation among small cable operators in the city, who have been levelling similar charges against cable network companies here for sometime but without much response from the authorities.


GLASSFUL OF DISEASES: Cut fruit on sale despite a ban in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Roadside vendors create traffic bottlenecks outside gate number 4
Roadside vendors create traffic bottlenecks outside gate number 4 of the PAU, Ludhiana. — IV

Kalu, a ram, with its owner on its way to take part in a fight in Delhi
Kalu, a ram, with its owner on its way to take part in a fight in Delhi at the Ludhiana railway station on Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Sarpanch suspended for embezzlement
Ludhiana, May 31
In a major development, Sarpanch of Talwandi Rai village Baldev Singh, a close aide of senior Akali leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi, was suspended after certain charges of misappropriation of funds were established against him.

Law should prevail in J&K: rights’ panels
Ludhiana, May 31
Three human rights organisations have sought the rule of law in Jammu and Kashmir, besides recommending that each custodial death must be followed by a judicial enquiry and compensation paid to the victims’ family without waiting for the outcome of the trial.

10-year-old needs financial help
Ludhiana, May 31
Sonu, a 10-year-old boy living at Nihal Singh Wala village, was hit by a scooter. He did not tell about his injuries to anybody at home. He had severe stomachache, coupled with vomiting.

Erratic power supply hits life in Ludhiana
Ludhiana, May 31
With the mercury soaring to over 40° and the region facing a heat wave, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) is once again back to its old tricks, common during the peak summer season. Unscheduled and scheduled cuts, shut downs in the name of maintenance and frequent tripping of power supply in the city have become the order of the day, with disruption in water supply, which throws normal life out of gear.

Tributes paid to Nambardar
Amloh, May 31
We can save society from the evils of selfishness and corruption by following the path shown by our Gurus and social workers. This was stated by Mr Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, local MLA, at Majri village, 1 km from here, yesterday.


12 bottles of liquor seized
Khanna, May 31
The police seized 12 bottles of liquor from a man at the Samrala road here today. On a secret information, a ‘naka’ was laid at the Samrala road and Pyar Chand, a resident of the district, was arrested with 12 bottles of liquor.



Inter-house science quiz at school
Ludhiana, May 31
Students of Sargodha National Public Senior Secondary School, Field Gang, participated in an inter-house science quiz contests organised here today.
Two quiz contests were held for the primary and higher sections.

Students of Sargodha National Public Senior Secondary School, Field Gang, take part in a quiz in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV
Students of Sargodha National Public Senior Secondary School

Booksellers to intensify struggle
Ludhiana, May 31
The Punjab Bookseller’s Association (PBA) has decided to intensify its struggle and plan strategies for the acceptance of its demands by Panjab University authorities.

Farewell function
Ludhiana, May 31
First and second year students of BBA and BCA courses of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, organised “Khwaab”, a farewell function, for their seniors here today.


Landlord receives rent from defendant
Ludhiana, May 31
In a case under Section 13 of the Punjab Rent Control Act filed by Harbir Singh Bhanwar, a local journalist, in the court of the Rent Controller, Mr Ashok Kapoor, one of the defendants today tendered a rent amounting to Rs 88,390, including interest and cost, for the period of April 1, 1999 to June 30, 2002 of his house (C-194, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana).

7-year RI in rape case
Ludhiana, May 31
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr H.S.Madan, has sentenced Balkar Singh of Khwaja Kothi Chowk him to seven years of rigorous imprisonment on the charges of abducting and raping a girl of Chanderlok Colony in October, 2002.


Simmi Dhanda Saluja Living different lives in one lifetime
Ludhiana, May 31
“As we grow , it is not just the passions that keep us going but there are other things,” said Simmi Dhanda Saluja. She is in the city to meet her parents. She lives in Mumbai and is a professional weight trainer. She started her career as a reporter, moved on to become a TV anchor, graduated to a TV actress and finally became a freelance writer along with being a professional weight trainer. Born and bred in Ludhiana, she studied mass communication in Chandigarh. She started her career in an English daily . Her parents supported her because as a Time researcher and reporter she had to go to many isolated places. Simmi says,“ I learnt a lot during my one-and-a-half year stint with Time magazine. 

Musical nite organised
Ludhiana, May 31
A musical nite, ‘Ek Sham Mastani’, was organised by Ek Koshish at Punjabi Bhavan here yesterday. Punjabi folk songs, ghazals and songs were presented by a number of artistes.


Youth urged to shun tobacco
Ludhiana, May 31
World No Tobacco Day was observed by the Health Department at Central Jail here today. Justice N.K. Sodhi, Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court, and Mr Baldev Singh, Sessions Judge, were the guests of honour. Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, said more than 4.5 million people died worldwide every year due to tobacco consumption. He said the consumption of tobacco had led to deadly diseases like throat cancer, lung cancer, respiratory ailments, tuberculosis, heart ailments etc.

Going up in smoke!: A man puffs at the railway station unmindful of the ban on smoking at public places in Ludhiana on  Saturday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Going up in smoke!: A man puffs at the railway station unmindful of the ban on smoking at public places

Slums get new healthcare system
Ludhiana, May 31
Guru Angad Dev Seva Society today unveiled a healthcare delivery system for slum colonies of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Moti Nagar and Vishkarma Colony. It was inaugurated by Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. A free medical camp was also organised on the occasion.


Friends Club reach final
Ludhiana, May 31
Sports Club failed to capitalise on fine all-round performance by Rohit Jagota (1 for 30 and 86 runs) and useful batting by Baldev (37) as they went down fighting by eight runs against defending champions Friends Club in the second semifinal of the VIIIth Invitation Cricket Cup Tournament, being organised by the College of Agriculture Club of the PAU, at the campus ground here today.

Cricket tourney
Khanna, May 31
A two-day cricket tournament, organised by the Tendulkar Cricket Club, will begin here tomorrow. Mr Harpreet Singh Jassowal, president of the club, said in a press note here today that 18 teams would participate in the tournament.


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