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Parking contractors ‘law unto themselves’
Ludhiana, June 10
With the parking space coming at a premium in the industrial hub of Punjab, a number of parking contractors, operating in the city, come out with more and more ways to harass people not only through overcharging but at times, with misbehaviour and assault.
An illegal no-parking signboard put up by a private contractor in Ludhiana to prevent people from parking vehicles An illegal no-parking signboard put up by a private contractor in Ludhiana to prevent people from parking vehicles in MC parking lots. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari 

85 fires reported in 30 days
Ludhiana, June 10
After the inferno on May 10 in a hosiery unit in Khud Mohalla, which cost 16 lives, the city’s firefighters have had their hands full.


Protesters seek job for MC employee’s widow
Ludhiana, June 10
The simmering discontent among the employees of the municipal corporation over the denial of the facility of recruitment on compassionate grounds to an eligible member of the family of the employees, who died during service came to the fore when hundreds of workers carrying the body of a colleague, staged a dharna in front of the headquarters of the civic body here today.
Members of the family of Ashok Kumar, who died at Salem Tabri
Members of the family of Ashok Kumar, who died at Salem Tabri in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Pay, get your homework done
Ludhiana, June 10
Science models, charts, paintings, essays, letters, mathematical problems and cursive writing — students have been overburdened with a lot of homework. Do not worry as all you have to do is to shell out some money and your homework will be done in a week.

PAU ex-Professor booked
Ludhiana, June 10
Just four days after the state Vigilance Bureau exonerated Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor K.S. Aulakh of charges of corruption levelled by a former PAU Professor Dr Balwant Singh, the police yesterday registered a case against the latter under the Prevention of Atrocities against the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Act, 1989, on the complaint of a senior PAU officer

THE mobile phones have become a necessity to the extent that when a mobile does not work for some reason, the owner begins to feel as if something is missing. Some readers have pointed out to Sentinel that they are unable to access the Punjab Police control room from their mobiles, especially if they subscribe to the Spice service.
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Punjab will not give a  drop of water
Ludhiana, June 10
The Kisan Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today declared that it would not allow a drop of water to be taken out of Punjab as the state was already facing severe shortage of water. Addressing a function here today, the chairman of the cell, Mr Kripal Singh Grewal, warned that not a drop of water would be allowed out of Punjab.

Mr Kirpal Singh Grewal, president, PPC Kisan Cell, addresses a function in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV
Mr Kirpal Singh Grewal, president, PPC Kisan Cell, addresses a function

Stress on saving environment
Ludhiana, June 10
Think globally and act locally was the call given by various speakers at a seminar organised as part of the National Environment Awareness Campaign at Nehru Rose Garden yesterday.

Dreamland — a place to make merry
Sahnewal, June 10
Dreamland, the sole amusement park near this village, offers recreation and merriment to its residents and those of surrounding villages. It is the brainchild of Col J.S. Sandhu, who recalls the days when children of these villages sat at home and felt bored during their vacations.

Sweetened water being offered to passersby in Ludhiana
Sweetened water being offered to passersby in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

They pose as scribes for personal gain
Ludhiana, June 10
With Ludhiana becoming an important media centre, the number of persons impersonating as journalists has increased.

DCC (U) former chief remembered
Ludhiana, June 10
Tributes were paid to Om Parkash Gupta, former president of the District Congress Committee, Urban, DCC (U) and three-time party legislator from Ludhiana (East) constituency, on his fourth death anniversary at a function organised at the Congress Bhavan here today.

PFC workers resent officer’s arrest
Ludhiana, June 10
The Punjab Financial Corporation Employees Welfare Association today condemned the arrest of Mr Ravinder Tikoo, deputy general manager, by the State Vigilance Bureau. Dubbing the charges of corruption against Mr Tikoo as false, the association said the claim of the Vigilance Bureau that the arrest had been made due to irregularities in the sanctioning of a loan was false.

Talhan incident unfortunate: ex-minister
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 10
The Talhan incident has vitiated the atmosphere in the state which is unfortunate, said Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, former Akali Minister, to mediapersons here today. It was the duty of the state government to nip the evil in the bud, he said.


2 prisoners escape from jail
Ludhiana, June 10
The police has registered a case under Section 224 of the IPC on the statement of Ms Inder Preet Kaur, Superintendent, Observation Home, Borstal Jail, Shimla Puri, against Sarvan and Subash. The complainant had stated that the accused, who were inmates of the jail, ran way after scaling the wall of the prison on Monday. The police has launched a hunt for the prisoners.


‘Steel cartel’ holding industry to ransom
Ludhiana, June 10
Steel prices have registered a massive increase of around 60 per cent during the past one year. Contrary to this, the prices of steel have come down in the international market. The rise hike in the domestic steel market is attributed to a “cartel” formed by five steel manufacturing giants — Jindal Steel, Ispat, ESSAR, TISCO and SAIL.


Farmers encouraged to sow new ‘moong’ variety
Amloh, June 10
A team of experts from the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC), Taiwan, and Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, visited farms, where a new variety of “moong” bean SML-668 has been sown, in some villages of the sub-division yesterday.

Drug to produce female offspring patented
Ludhiana, June 10
Dr B.S.Aulakh, Director, Gregor Mendel Institute for Research in Genetics, Ludhiana, claims to have prepared a drug which, when administered to female mammals, will produce a female offspring. His product has already been sanctioned a pharmaceutical patent by the World Intellectual Propriety Organisation (WIPO) at Geneva.


PCCTU flays govt on fee hike
Ludhiana, June 10
The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has criticised the government for its decision to hike college fee. The PCCTU said the step had made higher education beyond the reach of the common man.

Dean’s statement invites homoeo teachers’ wrath
Ludhiana, June 10
The Association of Teaching Staff, Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, has condemned the Dean, Homoeopathic Faculty, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, for issuing irresponsible statements to a section of the media.


A life devoted to theatre
Ludhiana, June 10
For Nirmal Rishi, the unforgettable “beebo masi” of Punjabi cinema, it is a life devoted to a mission and i.e. theatre. She has worked with the likes of Harpal Tiwana, Raj Babbar, Om Puri, Gurdas Mann and many others.

Discussion on promotion of arts
Ludhiana, June 10
“If all newspapers give two to four pages’ coverage to sports, why is no space reserved for cultural activities? The artists who have received Padam Bhushans and Padamshrees are relegated to a lower space than Arjuna Awardees. The latter also get more privileges than the artists?


Avoid stress for healthy heart: experts
Ludhiana, June 10
“There are 60 out of 1,000 Punjabis who suffer from heart ailments as compared to 31 out of 1,000 persons in Delhi. According to the WHO, 60 per cent of world population suffering from heart disease would be from India in the next 10 years. The situation is becoming alarming as more young patients are contracting heart diseases.

SARS threat over, foreign travel picks up
Ludhiana, June 10
As Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, Bangkok have been declared SARS-free, residents of the city have started flying to these countries for spending holidays. Trips to these places were out of bounds earlier due to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).


Samrat Coolers XI taste victory
Ludhiana, June 10
Useful innings by Nakul Sharma (60 n.o.), Shivam Passi (57) and Sahil Bansal (40) and fine bowling by Rohit (3 for 13) enabled Samrat Coolers XI beat Park Lane Club by 95 runs to register their maiden victory in the ongoing Seventh Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (U-14) being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association at the Arya College for Boys ground here today.


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