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Villagers fear flash floods
Repair work on Dhussi bundh yet to start
Dhulewal (Ludhiana), July 1
Even as the monsoon is round the corner and the water level in the Sutlej is already rising, thousands of villagers living alongside the Dhussi bundh are having sleepless nights over fear of flash floods.

Ms Dhayan Kaur, sarpanch of Dhulewal village, shows a vulnerable site along the Dhussi bundh in Ludhiana Ms Dhayan Kaur, sarpanch of Dhulewal village, shows a vulnerable site along the Dhussi bundh in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
— Photo Pradeep Tiwari

Polling duty staff ‘given’ raw deal
Ludhiana, July 1
Even as the winners of the panchayat poll are celebrating their hard earned victory and the losers are nursing their electoral wounds, the staff deputed for polling duty in the district are fuming over the step-motherly treatment at the hands of the authorities.


Cynicism prevails on World Doctors’ Day
Ludhiana, July 1
When the Father of Medicine wrote the Oath of Hippocrates in the fifth century BC, he perhaps had a premonition that in the times to come the profession will pass into the hands of people with little regard for Apollo, the physician, or Aesculapius, the Greek god of health, who inspired Hippocrates to serve the suffering.

No justice even after 2 yrs
Ludhiana, July 1
Even after two years of the murder of Manav Virmani in the USA, his parents continue to grope in the dark as they have not been informed anything about the follow up of the case as whether the culprits have been brought to the book or not. They have not even been paid any compensation despite the fact that Manav was insured. Manav Virmani was murdered in the Mississipi state of the USA on July 2, 2001, while he was working at a grocery store of his friend.

Manav Virmani
Manav Virmani

FINALLY there is some good news after the disastrous spell of blistering heat that virtually baked us all. The monsoons have arrived. The downpour on Sunday and Monday quenched the thirst of a parched land to some extent and also provided a deep sigh of relief. No doubt people are looking forward to a busy rain schedule in the sawan-bhadon season. The popular anxiety over the likely behaviour of monsoon clouds this time is justified if we go by the scanty rainfall witnessed by the city during the past two to three years.
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Road digging by telecom firms causes problems
Ludhiana, July 1
Massive digging up of city roads by telecom companies, including Reliance Infocom and the public sector Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for laying optic fibre cables during the last few days has become a big nuisance for residents of the affected areas and other road users.

Digging of city roads by telecom companies for laying cables and delay in repairs have turned into a big nuisance for residents and motorists in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Digging of city roads by telecom companies for laying cables and delay in repairs have turned into a big nuisance for residents and motorists

Tough task ahead for Garcha
Ludhiana, July 1
When a political greenhorn, Mr Ashok Singh Garcha, assumed the charge of Chairman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust earlier this week, he virtually donned a crown of thorns as the stewardship of an institution which is allegedly steeped in corruption is no mean task.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Schoolchildren head for school after summer vacation, in Mattewara on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

‘Remove hassles in Amarnath yatra’
Ludhiana, July 1
Various organisations have expressed resentment over the hassles in the registration process for Amarnath yatra. These have also criticised the difficult procedures laid down for organising free langar by various charitable organisations.

Devise strict laws against rapists, says Samaj
Ludhiana, July 1
Dr S.N. Tiwari, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, addressing the gathering at the Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti celebration yesterday said that the Bhagwan Parshuram Brahmin Samaj should understand its role in society and urged the government to punish rapists and those indulging in female foeticide severely.


Domestic help drugs employer, decamps with cash
Ludhiana, July 1
A domestic help in Rajiv Gandhi Colony served drug-laced food to her employer and ran away with ornaments and cash after her victim fell unconscious yesterday.
According to an FIR lodged by Ms Gita Devi, wife of Mr Balwinder Singh, who hails from a village in Jind district of Haryana, the domestic help, Sarita mixed some intoxicating substance in her food yesterday.

Akali leaders, workers booked
Ludhiana, July 1
Youth Akali activists burnt the effigy of the Congress government for indulging in a witch-hunt against former CM and SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal and his family members, at Clock Tower here today.

Youth Akali Dal activists stage a rally against the Congress government in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjit Verma

Youth Akali Dal activists stage a rally against the Congress government

Five injured in accident
Chhandra (Ludhiana), July 1
Five persons, including three women, were injured after an autorickshaw they were travelling in was hit from the rear by a truck going from Doraha to Kohara here this morning.


One of the injured persons admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

One of the injured persons admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana


PNB launches housing finance model
Ludhiana, July 1
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, has lauded the efforts of Punjab National Bank for taking care of social requirements right from its inception.

Another hike in steel prices shocks industry
Ludhiana, July 1
Yet another hike in steel price may prove to be the proverbial last straw that breaks the camel’s back. Five major steel producing companies have increased the price of the steel by about Rs 500 to Rs 600 per tonne thus taking the cumulative increase in the prices of steel in last one year to about 65 per cent.

City sets record in loan advances
Ludhiana, July 1
Ludhiana district has achieved the distinction in the state by advancing loans through different banks amounting to Rs 1,989 crore under the priority sector schemes against a fixed target of Rs 1,698 crore to start self-employment ventures during 2002-03.


Move to freeze MSP anti-farmer: BKU
Samrala, July 1
The recommendation of the Agricultural Costs and Prices Commission and the Union Agriculture Ministry to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs to freeze the minimum support price of paddy for 2003-04 at last year's level is anti-farmer who already are facing severe economic crisis.


IGNOU to start diploma in geriatrics
Ludhiana, July 1
Indira Gandhi National Open University is planning to launch a post graduate diploma programme in geriatric medicine for doctors very soon. This programme will equip in-service doctors with knowledge and skills in the field of geriatric medicine and further enable them to deal with special problems faced by the elderly.

Students fail in ‘English test’
Ludhiana, July 1
Result of MA I (English) conducted by Panjab University, Chandigarh , in April, 2003, has been far below the expectations as the pass percentage is just 32. 25. Of the total 2016 students who appeared for this examination from Ludhiana district, only 316 were declared successful while 661 candidates were declared failed.

PCTE student tops
Ludhiana, July 1
Students of the Punjab College of Technical Education have bagged four out of top five positions in the MCA-I university examinations.
Deepak Kochar, an MCA Ist-year student at the Punjab College of Technical Education, Ludhiana, has stood first in the university examinations. Deepak scored 88 per cent marks.

KCW girls perform well
Ludhiana, July 1
Students of the Khalsa College for Women performed well in the M.A-II (political science) examination conducted by Panjab University in April, 2003. Ms Amandeep Kaur secured 440 marks to be placed first in the college followed by Ms Sukhdeep Kaur who secured 426 marks.

DAV School students excel
Ludhiana, July 1
Students of DAV Public School, BRS Nagar, have performed well in Punjab Medical Entrance Test conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences for admission to various medical colleges in the state.

HEAT is a form of energy. Heat energy is also called thermal energy. When heat is given to a body, its temperature increases, while when heat is removed from a body, its temperature falls. Heat is measured by the temperature effect it produces.

100 participate in dance workshop
Ludhiana, July 1
A month-long dance workshop in which more than 100 participants took part concluded at Karimpura, Field Ganj, here yesterday. The workshop was conducted by Ms Aruna Verma, a dance teacher, and Ms Jyotica Verma, former Ms Punjab.

Workshop concludes
Ludhiana, July 1
The summer workshop conducted by the Child Development Centre held the concluding function of the workshop yesterday at BRS Nagar. The students started the programme with a prayer song.

Students perform a western dance at the concluding function held on Monday evening.
— Photo Inderjit Verma

Students perform a western dance at the concluding function

Summer camp concludes
Ludhiana, July 1
The Love Dale Club, which is an extension of Love Dale Montessori Home, organised a summer camp during the school vacation period. During the progress of the camp, multiple activities were offered to children of various age groups to suit their taste and aptitude.

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