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Work to resume on flyover
Ludhiana, June 20
The controversy surrounding the proposed flyover to replace Lakkar Pul (railway foot bridge), which had led to suspension of work by the Public Works Department for more than a year now, has been sorted out.

MC demolishes commercial complex
Ludhiana, June 20
A team of building branch of the Municipal Corporation, along with workers and some police personnel, pulled down a commercial complex being constructed along open drain in the books market at a prime commercial centre of the city.
A worker deployed by an MC demolition team hammers down a wall of a shop in the commercial complex being constructed A worker deployed by an MC demolition team hammers down a wall of a shop in the commercial complex being constructed in the books market in Ludhiana, on Friday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Five city boys make it to IIT
Ludhiana, June 20
Diligence, confidence and persistence of five city boys finally bore fruit when they learnt that they have cleared the IIT entrance test this morning. The five boys, who have cleared the test, include Mohit Gogia from DAV Public School with 94th rank.

93 absent at poll rehearsal, served notice
Khanna, June 20
The Subdivisional Magistrate, Khanna, issued notices to 93 officials and other employees of different departments who were absent during a rehearsal organised for the Panchayat elections here today.

Smuggler escapes from police custody
Ludhiana, June 20
An alleged smuggler made a daring escape from the police custody with the help of some of his friends in true Hindi movie style from Ghumar Mandi late last evening. The prisoner Buta Singh, alias Buty, was being taken back to the Central Jail by Head Constable Lamber Singh on a motor cycle. When they were passing through Ghumar Mandi, some persons travelling in jeep began to follow them and hit the rear of the motor cycle opposite the State Bank of India branch at Ghumar Mandi.


Drowning mishap fails to deter youths
Relatives, friends wait for body
Ludhiana, June 20
They get up with a start on spotting any suspicious object flowing under the Barrewal bridge on the Sidhwan canal, but sit down dejected on its bank as soon as they realise that the object is not the body of 15-year-old Lucky.

Unmindful of the danger that lurks in the fast flowing current of the Sidhwan canal, hundreds of youths continue to swim in its large channel on Friday.  — A Tribune photograph
Unmindful of the danger that lurks in the fast flowing current of the Sidhwan canal, hundreds of youths continue to swim

Sacrificing childhood for money
Ludhiana, June 20
He sells pens although he cannot write his name. An intrepid, streetsmart, thin-built 8-year-old Manmeet Singh commutes for two hours daily in public transport to sell packets of pens that he carries in his small bag.

Spurious liquor may have caused man’s death
Ludhiana, June 20
Police investigation into the death of a man in Ghungrana village, whose body was found from a well, is pointing out to the possibility that he had consumed spurious liquor along with four other persons, who were still in serious condition at a private hospital in Ahmedgarh.

Health services paralysed, courtesy poll duty
Machhiwara, June 20
Due to the deployment of doctors, pharmacists and clerks of Machhiwara block for the panchayat elections by the District Electoral Office, the health services in the area have been paralysed.

Vet under IT observation
Ludhiana, June 20
A leading veterinarian of the city is learnt to be under the observation of the revenue intelligence of the Income Tax Department. The veterinarian has allegedly amassed assets worth crores of rupees within a short span of time. He has established two dog clinics, besides a breeding centre in the city where animals are treated and top breed pups are sold to people not only from Ludhiana, but also from across the state.

Cable operators under attack from consumers
Ludhiana, June 20
Activists of the Cable Upbhogta Sangharsh Committee intensified their agitation against the local cable network companies by burning the effigy of a major network at Old Sabzi Mandi Chowk after an angry protest here today.

Activists of the Cable Upbhokta Sangharsh Committee burn the effigy of the cable network companies to protest against their high-handedness, in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
Activists of the Cable Upbhokta Sangharsh Committee burn the effigy of the cable network companies to protest against their high-handedness

Protest over limited Amarnath quota
Ludhiana, June 20
Hundreds of Shiva devotees today staged a massive demonstration in front of the local branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank in the Chaura Bazar area, protesting against the stopping of registration by the bank for the Amarnath pilgrimage.

Trust office-bearers visit Amarnath cave
Ludhiana, June 20
A delegation of the Bhole Bhandari Charitable Trust, a religious organisation engaged in organising langar and providing tented accommodation to pilgrims during the Amarnath Yatra, visited the holy cave in Jammu and Kashmir to pay obeisance at the ice Lingam. The cave is situated at a height of 13,000 ft.

Club members resent bullying tactics
Ludhiana, June 20
A number of members of the Satluj Club have resented the bullying tactics allegedly resorted to by an aspirant for the post of general secretary, elections for which are scheduled to be held on July 6. The aspirant is alleged to be using the influence of some police officials who are directly calling up other possible aspirants asking them not to file nominations against him.

DC donates ambulance
Mandi Gobindgarh, June 20
Mr S.K. Ahluwalia, Deputy Commissioner, Fatehgarh Sahib, donated an ambulance and a water tank out of the Red Cross funds to the Rotary Club at a function here last night. The maintenance of the ambulance, including petrol and salary of the driver, will be borne by the club.


Motorcyclist dies of cardiac arrest
Ludhiana, June 20
A motorcyclist, who tried to park his vehicle outside a photostat shop near the courts this morning collapsed all of sudden. He was rushed to the civil hospital just opposite the court complex, but was declared dead due to cardiac arrest.

Youth held on murder charge
Ludhiana, June 20
The Sarabha Nagar police today arrested 12-year-old Amani, accused of killing a 14-year-old boy, Rajesh, in freak incident in a colony near Circuit House last evening.

Women wail over the death of Rajesh who died after a scuffle with another boy in Ludhiana on Thursday. — IV
Women wail over the death of Rajesh who died after a scuffle with another boy


HLL takes to direct marketing
Ludhiana, June 20
Realising the scope and potential of direct marketing, several multinational companies (MNCs) have joined the bandwagon and started supplying goods to people on their doorsteps. The concept seems to be picking up rapidly with more and more MNCs joining the race.



Confusion over Class XI admissions
Ludhiana, June 20
Even as private and government colleges in the state were admitting students to Classes XI and XII, a news item on the front page of an English daily today has caused confusion.

Extend fee date, say PTU students
Ludhiana, June 20
The students seeking admission to various engineering courses of Punjab Technical University (PTU) from the reserved category have demanded that the last date of payment of fee be extended.

10 student unions form front, to hold dharna today
Ludhiana, June 20
Ten student organisations have come together to form a Joint Students Front with the common aim of putting up resistance against the government's anti-students policies.

NCC cadets visit War Museum
Ludhiana, June 20
The cadets attending the National Integration Camp at Koom Kalan visited the War Memorial Museum here late last evening. They had earlier visited various industrial units in the city and were accorded a warm welcome by representatives from Ralson, Hero and other industries. They were taken around the premises.

Summer camps conclude in schools
Ludhiana, June 20
Exhibition, dance and pool party marked the concluding day of the summer camps organised at Small Wonders Nursery School and Everest Public Senior Secondary School here today.

Children show their paintings, wall hangings and other craft items on the concluding day of their summer camp in Small Wonders Nursery School in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph
Children show their paintings, wall hangings and other craft items on the concluding day of their summer camp

7 new postings in PAU
Ludhiana, June 20
Seven fresh postings of the faculty were finalised for Punjab Agricultural University at a meeting of the Board of Management held in Chandigarh today. Dr M.S. Oberoi has been appointed Dean of the College of Veterinary Sciences. He will replace Dr R.P. Saigal, who retired on May 31.

Palki 2nd in city with 78 pc
Ludhiana, June 20
Several students of BCA, commerce and arts streams of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women have excelled in annual examinations conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Palki, a student of BCA II, secured second position in Ludhiana district and sixth position in Panjab University.

261 appear for MBA entrance test
Ludhiana, June 20
As many as 261 candidates appeared for the entrance test for admission to the MBA courses in Punjab Agricultural University here today. While 297 students had sent their applications for admission, 36 of them failed to appear today.


9 sewerage board employees get bail
Ludhiana, June 20
The District and Sessions Judge, Mr Baldev Singh, has granted bail to nine employees of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. They were arrested by the Vigilance Bureau on June 6 on charges of bungling and causing loss to the board, allegedly in connivance with contractors, to the tune of Rs 4.5 crore.

Warm farewell to consumer forum president
Ludhiana, June 20
A warm farewell was given to the president of the District Consumers Disputes Redressal Forum, Mr Hardial Singh (a former Sessions Judge), on his retirement here today. He joined as president of the forum in February, 1999. During his tenure, the forum disposed of more than 5,000 cases.



Hepatitis C a silent killer
Ludhiana, June 20
Hepatitis C virus infects three times more people than the AIDS virus and the way it is fast spreading, will perhaps kill far more patients than AIDS each year. The disease seems to be fast becoming a silent killer in this part of the region.


Anil Bharti-XI reach final
Ludhiana, June 20
Despite 24-run defeat in their last league fixture against Samrat Coolers-XI, Anil Bharti-XI managed to secure a berth in the final of the seventh Chaman Lal Malhotra Cricket Cup Tournament (u-15), being organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association, at the Arya College for Boys ground here today. 


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