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Mega city centre project okayed
Ludhiana, June 18
It is curtains for the controversial project of indoor stadium, mooted by the Municipal Corporation and proposed to be constructed in a portion of the site earmarked for city centre in the 475 acre scheme of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar at Pakhowal Road here.

Admissions from July 1
Ludhiana, June 18
Panjab University has directed colleges to start the admission process from July 1. Several college principals said that prospectuses of the colleges were under print and by June 20 the college managements would be able to decide the price of the prospectus and would start selling it to the students.

Now PAU to have 30 MBA seats
Ludhiana, June 18
In view of the infrastructure available with the Department of Business Management, Punjab Agricultural University, the total number of seats for admissions to MBA has been increased from 20 to 30 for the new session beginning in August this year.

  Signature campaign against fee hike
A major signature campaign against fee hike is on outside GCW. The members of Punjab Vidyarthi Sangharsh Committee have put up a tent outside the college. All students that are collecting the forms are putting their signatures to protest against increase in fee structure.

ABVP activists urge admission-seekers at the Government College for Women, Ludhiana, to join the signature campaign against fee hike launched by the parishad, on Wednesday.
— Photo Pradeep Tewari
ABVP activists urge admission-seekers at the Government College for Women

AIDS threat looms large
Ludhiana, June 18
AIDS seems to be fast becoming a silent killer in Punjab. HIV-infected cases are reported regularly in various city hospitals. Details collected from these hospitals revealed that there was a steady increase in the number of HIV-infected patients in Punjab. There was no specific area where the concentration of the HIV patients was more as the infection appeared to have spread uniformly across the state.

Man demands action against wife
Khanna, June 18
A local resident, Dilbag Singh Giri, has demanded action against his wife, who had married off their minor daughter without his consent three times. He said his complaints had fallen on deaf ears. He also alleged that the police had not taken any action against his wife Jasvir Kaur for threatening him.


Panchayat elections:  nominations pick up
Amloh, June 18
As many as 31 candidates filed their nomination papers for the posts of sarpanch and 85 candidates for the posts of panch in Amloh subdivision on the third day today. On the first day on June 16, no papers were filed and yesterday only three candidates from the general category, two from Majra Manna Singh Wala village and one from Sherpur village, filed their papers for the post of panch.

Resentment among vaids over poll duty
Ludhiana, June 18
Resentment prevails among ayurvedic practitioners and dispensers in the district over their duties in the coming panchayat elections on June 29. The practitioners feel since they fall in the ‘Essential Services Category’, they should be exempted from election duties as it will adversely affect health services.

Seminar on tax collection
Ludhiana, June 18
The Taxation Bar Association organised a seminar on tax collection at source and tax deduction at source’ under the Income Tax Act here today. Mr M.N.A. Chaudhary, Commissioner of Income Tax-II, was the keynote speaker. As many as 150 members attended the event.
Mr M.N.A. Chaudhary, Commissioner, Income Tax, addresses a seminar in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Mr M.N.A. Chaudhary, Commissioner, Income Tax, addresses a seminar

Major fire averted
Ludhiana, June 18
A major fire was averted in the Bank of Baroda, Baba Thaan Singh Chowk, following timely detection by a security guard and the arrival of a engine today. The Manager of the bank, Mr B.S. Meho, said the bank was functioning smoothly when suddenly sparks appeared in a meter around noon. All customers and employees fled the bank. The mains were switched off by the security guard, Mr Kapoor Chand.

Beating the heat with ‘lassi’

n these scorching days ‘chatti di lassi’ — buttermilk — is becoming popular in the city. One can see small roadside stalls selling ‘lassi’. This rural coolant has come to the rescue of the common man who does not have to pay much to get a nourishing tumbler whenever he feels thirsty.

Poll for Sutlej Club secy on July 6
Ludhiana, June 18
Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner and president of the Sutlej Club, Ludhiana, has announced the election for the post of general secretary of the club. Mr M.S. Jaggi, SDM, Ludhiana West, has been appointed returning officer.

Three-wheeler overturns, 2 hurt
Ludhiana, June 18
Two girls, Milky Gulati and Shruti, were injured when the three-wheeler they were travelling in overturned near the local Government College for Women on the Ferozepore road today.

Revenue officers strike work


Two girls kidnapped
Ludhiana, June 18
The Jodhewal police has registered a case of kidnapping under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC against a Bihari migrant on the complaint of Mr Jagdish Kumar, a migrant from UP, now living in New Madho Puri.


Relief to induction furnace units
Ludhiana, June 18
Under immense pressure from the induction furnace industry, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has withdrawn the provision for deposit of 15 days’ power consumption charges in advance or to maintain an Advance Consumption Deposit (ACD) at the rate of Rs 1500 per kilowatt for the induction furnace units.


Thresher for un-husked maize
Ludhiana, June 18
The Department of Farm Power and Machinery organised a field demonstration of an axial-flow maize thresher at Bhanmajjra village today.
The thresher has been developed by Mr Kulvinder Singh, Assistant Agricultural Engineer, Mr Jaskaran Singh, Agricultural Engineer and Dr S.S. Ahuja, Senior Agricultural Engineer, in collaboration with Amar Agricultural Implements, Ludhiana.


Short-term courses in cooking, baking
Ludhiana, June 18
A series of short duration courses for girls, young women and children began in the College of Home Science, Punjab Agricultural University, here yesterday.
A four-day cooking and baking course had nearly 40 participants, who were given training in making idli, sambhar, coconut chutney and almond crush pudding.
Participants brush up their culinary skills during a summer class on cooking being organised by the Department of Food and Nutrition, Punjab Agricultural University, on Wednesday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Participants brush up their culinary skills during a summer class on cooking being organised by the Department of Food and Nutrition

Taiwan scientists visit PAU
Ludhiana, June 18
The Deputy Director-General (Research) of Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (AVRDC), Taiwan, Dr Shanmaga Sundaram and Molecular Biologist, AVRDC, Ms Chen Huie Mei visited Punjab Agricultural University to discuss the progress of the seed village programme and research activities of the Mungbean project with senior scientists of PAU.

First National Integration Camp gets underway
Koom Kalan, June 18
Punjab’s first NCC National Integration Camp (NIC) got underway in this backward ‘Bet’ area of the district here today. As many as 500 cadets are participating in the camp which was formally inaugurated by Brig D.S. Dhillon, Deputy Director-General, NCC Directorate, covering Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh here today. Present on the occasion were Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal, MLA.

Forms available for PAU kids’ centre
Ludhiana, June 18
The College of Home Science, PAU, has invited applications for admission to children’s Day Care Centre and Laboratory Nursery School of the college.
Dr S.K. Mann, Dean, College of Home Science, said for admission to Day Care Centre, the child should be toilet-trained and two years of age as on July 1.



Water shortage for patients
Ludhiana, June 18
Next time you visit Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, you must carry drinking water bottle with you or you will have to stand in a queue to quench your thirst. In the absence of sufficient water coolers at the hospital, the only cooler installed near the reception area (old building) is always flooded with patients, attendants, nursing staff and para-medical staff.
Relatives of patients queue up to get drinking water from the only water cooler installed at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Relatives of patients queue up to get drinking water



Speed up survey on encroachments: DC
Ludhiana, June 18
Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma has asked all officers of the departments concerned, including the Municipal Corporation, PUDA and the Improvement Trust, to complete the survey on encroachments and authorised constructions on the government land relating to their departments falling within the municipal limits of Ludhiana city at the earliest as per the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Admn gears up to check floods
Ludhiana, June 18
The district administration is fully geared up to meet any kind of eventuality of floods in the coming rainy season and the officers of all departments concerned have been told to direct their staff to remain available round the clock, said Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma.


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